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NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 1952 




PWCE 25 GENTS 

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; By JOB COHEIf 

^he pleasures of the proletariat 
ire becoming more expensive ev- 
year, according to' A1 Taxin, 
Managing director of Unity House, 
forest Park, Pa., a resort operated 
by-th,e International Xiadies Gar- 
fceJnt Workers Union; 'primarily for 
4ts;ji[ienibershlp,’ • ■ 

I'Uast' season, , Says Taxin, Unity 
ipent approkimateljr- *|30,000, for 
the- entertainment of its patronS'ge,J 
WittL bulk of it goin^ to variety 
talent. Figure is expected to go 
pii^er 'in subsedufinl ie^sons be- 
pause of the fact- that Unity Will 
start work this fall oii St -^jOO.OOO 
i(he>tre seating' ' •> ' ’ 

; completion of* the nbw 
hpU^e^^tTnity will Seek to £ave the 
resort become a focal poitit in the- 
atrical labor circles. 'The new the- 
atre-will become' the bait tO lure 
labor' conventions and conferences. 
Hejtel.may convert to all-year op- 
eration to accommodate ' the cori" 

veiition trade. ' ' ' 

‘ The ILGWU already * is • one of 
the largest talent users in -the en- 
tire labor movement. The- union 
not; only is an important vaude and 
legit buyer but has operated its 
own FM statiop (WFDP; .K.Y.), 
which it recently closed down; pro- 
duced '“Pins . and Needles" and 
wept into film production via 
‘ With These Hands." . 

With a theatre of its own, Unity 
is again expected to go for its OWn 
production. Taxin and* producer- 
bopker Herman Fialkoff ^te talk- 
ing, about a resident company for 
the . theatre in the near future. 
Playwrights, lyricists, composers, 
|tc,„ will be encouraged ‘ to write 
Jor production at Unity. Should 
any - major efforts come out of 

(Continued on page 14) 

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$20,000 for an Act? 

It s Murder for Eyeryone, 

• Sez Miami’s Weinger 

fay of paying $20,000 for 
i according to Mur- 
'with Ned 
operates Copa City, 
who is in 

thft prior to departing for 

S declared that Copa City 

down to playing,, the 
seSnn season in and 

Velon^ m any,, new names de- 
he’li^’h after them, but 

too apff; rely on the same 

Wpf«„ the season, 

to ’ Pft ^4. uneconomical 

level extreme top 

shelleH The last time he 

^or Dannv^rr .or over was 

that kinH^ that with 

mSe the club ’can’t 

neither JaJTth!^’ what's more, 
tt’& by mnfnof Consequently, 
custom consent that this 

Act? out. 

^nd of command that 

ee, he declared,, have to 
(Continued on page 63) 


Disk Cleavage 

New line of thinking has 
. cropped up in a couple of the 
major record companies that.’s 
developing Into a surefire at- 
tention-getter. Columbia and 
M-GJ-M ha'^^e lieen dressing 
their album cpvbrs with eye- 
appealihg models’ who. display 
plenty^ 6f cleavage and s.a^ One 
exec explained the new prac- 
tice with, ^‘if music wPu’t get 
’em; — sex wlU-^nd it worked 
'with- t^e^po9ke.b-b<^ 

Col is uslhg' the s.ex allure 
. on its recently released “Quiet 
'“Music" album, while ,M-G-M, 
which spearheaded the trend, 
is'repped by s0xy ■ covers on its 
“Danger," “Have You Met- Miss 
Jones" and “Music By Offen- 
• bach and Btrauss" albums. 



Hollywood, July 1. 
Only 40% of the televiewers are 
regular picture-gpers, it is disclosed 
in seventh annual tele-census con- 
ducted by Woodbury College under 
the direction of Prof. Hal Evry. 
Percentage is based on interviews 
by students with more than 5,000 
set o'Wners in the 16 economic dis- 
tricts of L.A., the fringe area of 
San Bernardiho, the hay area of 
Frisco and the areas adjacent to 
Sait Lake and -Phpenix. 

Survey reported that 60% hard- 
ly ever gq to the movies as a fam- 
ly ever go to.filmeries as a fam- 
owners watch TV every day In the 
week. On the picture attendance 
breakdown for L.A., 2.6% said they 
see three pictures\a' week; 2.9 at- 
tend twice a week; 13.3 onee a 
(Continued on page 14) 

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25 Radio Shows a Week 
For ]\Ipls/ Cedric Adams 

Minneapolis, July 1. 
With the addition of a new Sun- 
day, Tuesday and Thursday 16-min- 
ute show, sponsored by Blue Cross- 
Blue Shield,' Cedric Adams, WCCO 
ace -personality, sets a new high 
record by far for any one individ- 
ual's number of ether programs 
here. ’ 

Adams, who also is the local top- 
drawer newspaper columnist and 
whose income, mainly from radio, 
has. been estimated to be well in 
the six figures, although he has 
only one CBS network show (with 
another coming up), now will be 
on the'air here more than 25 times 
weekly. His new- show, “Cedric’s 
Musical . Guests," breaks a record 
he always has held in this respect. 


By HERMAN A. LOWE 

Obicagp, Jhly. 1. 

■ TheyTe already 

venflon overture one radio; aii^L TV 

from Chicago. Th^ .curtain isr ‘due 

to. go up next Monday on 

of the twin main events,. 'wWn the 

Republicans . Unveil. ^ their 1952 

mbdeLpolitical cbnclaye. , 

This Is the year that-istbe btpadr 
casters, popping with pride , and 
confidence, are dusting ;pjB[' Holly- 
wood adjectives like, “aupetcol^ 
sal”^ and “unparaUeled" ^'desetiW 
their.^;.arr.^ngements fpni 'aqdip and 
video ubV^ageu < 

They're set.to blanket eyCry nook 
and cranny of the nation with radio 
blow-by-blow accounts and expert, 
commentary. 

(Other convention stories in 
Films and Radio^TV depts . ) 

They’re ready to tell it with pic- 
tures ' as well as words to about 
60,000,000 Americans who- will 
gather at television sPts to Watch 
and listen. 

They’ve collected the biggest and 
flashiest 'aggregation of news re- 
porters,* commentators and trained 
seals ever to represent the indus- 
try at any kind of event. 

They’re bringing about $4,000,- 
000 worth of broadcasting equip- 
ment to Chicago with thei% 

They’re causing concern to such 
bigtime competitors as the press 
(Continued on page 63) 


Berk’s Switch To 
Situation Comedy 

A revamped Milton Berle show 
is in the works for next season. 
Berle, together with the William 
Morris Agency, is already scout- 
ing a new set Of iVriters in order 
to facilitate a switchover to what 
eventually may be a situation 
comedy. ‘ 

Change has been in the wind for 
more than a year, but hasn't been 
acted upon because -of the fact that 
Texaco, sponsoring the show, as 
well as Berle, were loathe to dis- 
turb a setup that resulted in the 
top Nielsen spot. However, as the 
rating slipped in the middle of the 
year, it was felt that the time was 
propitious for the change. 

For the time being, it’s planned 
to continue the variety format, but 
switch into the situation setup 
gradually. Under plpns now “being 
blueprinted, top guest talent will 
still be -used. 

In line with- the guest policy, the 
Morris Agency recently sent a list 
of all major vaude acts to Myron 
Kirk, Kudner agency vice-president 
ip charge of the Berle show, for 
approval in advance of next sea- 
son. Step was reportedly taken be- 
cause. of the conflict betv'een the 
(Continued on page 63) 


N* ¥. City ki financieris In 



Age Old. Story 

HpUvwObd, July i, 

nec - Sunoj^ t (219) •tr tMKe- * 
ibore JJowl, I;^.i Angeles, ex*^ 
plained jkrhy |ie wiHi'i: ajs suc-^ 
ceikiful a singer ak^Misa Gat’- 
landr' 

r Looking at. the guest >6f 
honor^ Bhrns said, “I could 
have been a great star Rke 
you, but X . wasn’t as lucky 
you. When yoii were, 1.9,- Louis 
B.'iMaytr '.heard' you. Sing; and : 
signed .ybu^at ‘.i5>0!00 .a -week, 
“When. 1 .was 10, Mayer Was 
10." ^ : 



U. S. Birtkate 

America's shifting birthrate may 
provide a cue to a brighter, future 
for Hollywood’, in the view of some 
industry observers. ; B.o:’ present- 
ly is being hit by the " slump in 
births during the depression -’30s, 
they opine, and , will ^ eventually 
profit by the - current proUfi’eity of 
American... couples. . * • ’ * 

Bob Wjp)y, head of the south’s 
Wilby-Kincey . circuit, put the 
thought into -words last week in an 
interview with the WairSt.'Jourpal. 
He was primarily' aiming to e)cplain 
the comparatively good „hi2 being 
racked up by drive-ins. . ~ • 

“The liigh birthrate,'! he de- 
clared, “has hurt four-wall theatres 
more than' anything 'else. Throw 
the kids in the car and go to a 
drive-in. It settles the sitter prob- 
lem." 

Going beyond Wilby’s explana- 
tion, the number of new-born babes 
produced each year cab, have a se- 
rious e'ffect on pix b.o.’s, because 

(Continued on page 62) 

17,900,000 TV Sets 

By Convention Preem 

Confirming industry ‘ predictions 
that there will be 18,000,000 tele- 
vision receivers °ih’ circulation' by 
the time of the political conven- 
tions, -the .NBC- research . depart- 
ment this week revealed that a 
final count, for the moptX of May 
showed 17,^27,300 sets, a boost of 
336,500 over the preceding month. 
Figure, consequently, is .expected 
to reach 17,900,000 by" next Mon- 
day (7), when the Republican con- 
clave tees off in Chicago. 

There were only 420,000 "XV sets 
throughout the country at the 
time of the 1948 conventions. 'Some 
70,000,000 viewers wiU Watch the 
conclaves this year against 1,000,- 
lOOO in 1948^ 


' N* Y. City government, seeldng 
to retain a large portion of tele^^ 
vision fiinj production in the east, 
is mulling, fee idea of . lining up a 
group , of AtuQuieia to bankroll con- 
structlon. of M aUper--vidflilm stu.dio 
in Manhattan. . “With the city cur- 
rently hard'^pressed for funds, it's 
-hoped that the; Indie .syndicate 
Could biiild the studio and then 
turn it oVet 'to the city for ad- 
ministration, with the city in turn 
leasing it to vid^lm producers. 

Commerce Corntnlssioher Walter 
;T. Shirleyj wheJs -apearheading the? 
city government’s role In the latest 
eastern' film; :pr<>auction. push, re- 
vealed that tW'^cpinhtlttee Termed 
last week tn work out fee project 
has two- or three sites in mind in 
midtown Manhattan. He said that 
the committee, which is being 
chairmanned by James A. Sauter, 
USO-Camp Shows pr'exy, hopes to 
stay in Manhattan, since the actors 
who would be -Used .in vidpix invar- 
iably Want to remain close to 
Broadway and the radio-TV net- 
work Studios. 

After huddling with the pro- 
ducers’ . committee last v/eek to 
launch the operation, Shirley took 
the plans to Mayor “Vincent R. Im- 
pellitteri and said that the mayor 
is willing to go along along on any 
reasonable project. ' Commissioner 
reiterated that one of the big prob- 
lems in setting the, plan In work is 
the launching of a publicity cam- 
paign to combat fee “good public 
relations job” being done by Holly- 
wood to boost its vldfilm produc- 
tion, Committee estimates that the 
TV film production business could 
be worth $2,OOO,OO0,0(>O in the -next 
five years. 

Shirley noted, incidentally, that 
Commissioner of Parks Robert 
.Moses had lined up 15 sites out- 
side ‘Manhattan- for the proposed 
TV City," in which all four major 
networks Were interested several 
years ago. . Four nets, however, 
turned down^.all 16 on the basis 
that they were not acceptable. 
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‘Cue for ’52' i 
Newsstand Sale 

of CouYention 


Timed for the Republican con- 
vention in C/lii next week, a new 
tune, “Our Cue for '52 — ^Let’s All 
Vote Republican,", rolled off the 
presses this week with copies be- 
ing vended by,lop,.00‘0 n.ewsstands 
of the American News Co. 

Cover. features, an anti- Adminis- 
tration cartoon by C. D. Batchelor, 
N. Y. News artist. Idea for the song 
and cartoon was hatched by “Walter 
E. Schneider, once an editor of the 
Philadelphia, Evening Ledger, Edi- 
tor & Publisher and NBC press 
department, and now a flack in 
Gotham. . Schneider wrote words 
and music, promoted coin from a 
Philadelphia GOP angel and pub- 
lished the tune under his own 
imprint. 








7, July 2, 1952 


Tourists’ h& 

By GENE MOSICOWIT2 4 
Paris, -June 24. 

With the tourists pouring in 
nitery tills should be jingling if 
the tourist still has anything left 
after food, hotel, shopping and 
culture gawking has been paid for. 


Reinscli, Salter Co-Heads 
Of Denny Show Biz Unit 

Washington, July 1> 
Democratic National Coihnilttee 




»« .ppolnUd Leonard Reln«« 
blshed and in general Waiting for and James 3auter as co-chairmen 
the traveller to unfold the bx. ♦ of its entertgini^cnt industry com- 
Starting at the top of Paris, mittee. Vice chairmen will be an- 
geographically, is the Butte Mont- nounced shortly.. The entertain^ 
martre overlooking the rjoftops industry committee will be 

and housing as its main point the ^ u\r 

Sacre Coeur, built as a mark of asked to set up show bii facets 

their humiliation by the French of the Democratic national con- 
after their defeat by , the Pr.us- vention in Chicago and for the 
sians^in 1870 The self-deprwiation pj.„idential campaign itself. 


has evaporated and the section It-^ 
self is a colorful area and was the 


Reinsch 


..former radio 


JAGlCSHAfi^bUN 

Musical .Director of 
LouU de. Rochement's 

.^Waik'Eaat on -Beacon** 


sen IS a coionui area anu 


old guard, Picasso, Max Jacobs, 
Matisse, . Renoir, Utrillo, Modigli- 


ns general manager of the Cox 


in? JnH ^adio stations. He is in charge of 
commune of Montmartre, Their convention. 

motto was “Nuts To. Paris" . and producer and USC^«mp Shows? 
even went so far as refusing to pay P«xy, has 

city taxes and, in general, haras- Democratic National Committee 
sing the brethren downstairs. To- tor sev eral years. 
day there is still an honorary 

mayor of Butte Montmartre. i II iL AIJ T * 4' 

The Place de Tertres is an out- All iM UMl lOUrtfl 
door terrace in the center of the 
Butte ■ and is a nice place for 

lunching. The big nitery there is i ' iv • n 

Patachou, run by Maurice Che- Pm. P|Mk PBriit NmSOD 
valier’s protegee, Lady Patachou. FCall I *1 15, 

She built this finely panelled By TOM CURltSR 

room around an old bakei^ which p.Hb Juhp 2fl 

is still in her domain and dis- ^ 



^ ^4- After' .their experience with 

. ' i It I d ^‘Wish,. You WeiB Here," produced 

Jessel Up$ 20lh Fadeont; 

• Readies Visit to Israel “ 44 - 

Hollywood, July 1. of the comp^coted: nature of the 
George JessePs final' Checkout production. Including a real swim- 
date from ‘ 20th-F6x will Sept, mlng pdol* onstage. But hence- 
i Producer’s pact runs until next forth they *11 sec . that no such clr- 
January, but tlncc h* has no pro- cumsUnces^ wlscf \ 
duction obligations at the moment. During the three and a half 
he’s taking off early to make a visit weeks of paid previews, which took 
to Israel, When he returns, he'll Jhe place of ^e road tryout, every 
make a speaklhB' behalf reyi#i6n of the book or music, cast 

.of the new state. chaise Q,r„ e>^n .alter^ bit of stag- 

. Jessel joined the studio 10 years ing became a hot flash for the gos- 
ago today. Shubert Alley and 

Jessel, accompanied by his 11^ Sard! s bar. Some professionals 
year-old daughter, Jerilyn, will *PPartntly made a minor career of 
leave Wew York by air Sept. 5 for a^ndinr;.p.re^ew performances. 
London. He’ll arrive in Israel a ^then rushing off t^ spread the lat- 
week later and be there for seven «*t tidlnp on how the venture was 


days. Planned for diim is aa.inten- 
slve tour of immlgtn*it centres, ag- 


prpgressing. Instead of doing the 
doi6toring>‘ In the comparative se- 


7TT1 fJiT77 




XUMCiJJiUS* Xlic uiB iikwaj 1 ' IV • Cl * 

Patachou, run by Maurice Che- Pm- P|Mk PUriit NmSOD 
valier’s protegee, Lady Patachou. FCall I *1 15, JC«5UU 

She built this finely panelled By TOM CUR'ItSR 

room around an old bakeiY which p.Hb Juhp 2fl 

is stm in her domain *nd dis- Grand Prlx (28), the 

rerunflL loTm. Tnd’S* go"; rritTut"u”.^urt^W^^ 
f‘?^^whh'‘"i'^rfra*n«*«12")‘‘*W ‘he ouSst ind \he tou*rfS^tak«,. 

S‘,'mpC. P^aUciJ:: “5.o^t®Zf ’nl?erh‘.d"‘rS.".n‘J 

!«; a wood showwoman and has de- authority that never had ftp many 
veloped V perfect timing and de- Pa^sports been issued as this year 
live^, making her a top spot per- ^ast year a pasa^rt-lasue llgures 

sonality performer. She glidhands have hten doubled ’“J 

soned tourist there is at least one. 


WashipgtPh, .July 1. 

Television is beginning to get 
rolling worldwide, according to- a 
series of reports collected, by the 
U. S, Government from various mft- 
tions. 


xicuUural settlements, housing 

projects^ orphanages, rehabilitation Manhattan con- 

institutions and other facilities ^traction P^J®ct, with g capacity 
financed by . United Jewish Appeal »udlen<^ nf .ftidfwalk superintend- 
f„„HB entn voicing. penaimifttic comment, 

* Another negative factor in the 

s^uatlon was thkt when the musical ’ 
^ finally -opened, about half the ad- - 

Happiness^ owedisn nc, vance sale , had been used up by 

I n* . . ift 1 - r f pfevlewa. leaving relative- 

I First at Bernn restiTal; ly utti* to eny th* s(io»f over 

.B B • B1 iih ■ traditionaUy grim J[uly period in 

I>, Wplr lillllltrV AljUl HlflFn the ^ unfavorable re- 

-nCUji 'l/«UDliy Al5u iuau views. At the moment, the remain- 

Berlln, July 1, ing advance reportedly ^totals about 


Berlin, July 1, ing advance reportedly ^totals about 
The second Berlin International $100(000 mostly in August, Septem- 


with verve and chirps, with fine 
coordination and movement that 
enhances her songs. She bounces i^aris, i 


Paris, a generous city, will wel- 


with "TrouIaU,” "The Kid of Paris” come and deiight moat of them as 
and gives a witty takeoff of "I’m French capital is a must to all 
In Love," interpolating English ^^o come to Eurotm. Police have 

lyrics into French, She no longer *>“" " 

B, cuts off neckties of sulky patrons f smoothing the way 
I who refuse to get into the act. «“>■ the. visitor^ but some old coine- 
■Dance music is good and atmos- .^"0 'y*”! new ones still 
IFohi^r^ Bffrp^^ahlp flourish .and prosper. Description 


w Dance music is good and atmos- 
W phere agreeable. 

There are many small bars scat- 
tered around the Butte, gpod for a 


ons and several new ones still 
flourish .and prosper. Description 
of leading ones may offer helpful 
warning to the uneducated. 

Datirfg back to the dark ages is 


European countries just getting Film Festival wound up here last her and intb Q^stpber. That reduces 
started abe following the ’ 625-line Wednesday (25) with the screen- the amount to, a .illpa.margin per 
system which is well established In ing of Walt Disney^s “Nature’s week. In addition, it's expected 
that continent. However, there Half Acre’’ and *‘Three Women,’’ that since they caphpt get refunds, 
are indications that the U. S. stand-, a 'French production. Fete opened many of the ticket-holders may, as 
ai'ds of' 525-line definition will bc June 12. There was no jury apd is usual in, such, circumstances, 
established in a large part-i-if not no awards were officially made, make exchang;es .for later per- 
all— ^f 3duth America, ' but the public was aske.d to vote formarices, if necessary repeating 

At the same time, t^k continues by coupon on its favorite pix. The„ the procedure until the show has 
of an international video transmis- Swedish-made “One Summer of closed, 
sion operation which would origi- Happiness" was rated No. 1 pic- Buny Revising 

nally link the U. S. and Britain ture, with “Fanfan la Tulipe" ^ Despite the generally bearish no- 

and probably other nations, later (Kllmsonor), a ' French-made pic, tices, co-prdducer Logan, who also 
on. The international link would second. Latter also won laurels co-guthored the book, directed the 
use a combination of cable' and at the Cannes Film Festival^ show and staged the .dances, went 

radio facilities via Canada, Green- “The Well" (UA) finished sixth to work this week to revise the 
land and ' Iceland. Some reports and “Death of Salesman” (Col) story line and make changes in the 
have this getting under way ex- was seventh in the public ballot- staging, chiefly. Jn the line of 
perimentally sooner than most peo- ing, . the two American pix run- strengthening the romantic ele- 
ple realize. ning neck-and-neck, “Cry Be- ment and punching up the action. 

Two South American countries — loved Country” (UA), a British- Six rewritten and restaged scenes 
Colombia and Venezuela. — had made, was third. Fourth- .was were inserted last night (Tues.). 
made arrangements - to introduce “Stimme des Anderen,” a German It’s hoped that the RCA-Victor al- 

video. The Venezuelan Govern- Pic, while “Miracle of Milan," bum, which was recorded Sunday 

(Continued on page 60) from Italy, was fifth. " (29) and is due for quick release, 


video. 


(Continued on page 60) 


drl^nk and the sampling of the art ‘Teelthy’’ postcard sale, still a 
crowd, French pic crowd hangs out thriving hit, working the arcade of 


the rue de Rlvoli and the Made- 


A quick slide, downhill run or leine district heavily, 
taxi glide takes one into Pigalle, or Corner money exchange Is . al- 
“Pig Alley” as it is known to the most always phony. Hawkers usu- 
GI. About 200 years ago this sec- ally pay off In fake coin or in war- 
tlon was a mart for artist’s models, time francs which have been re- 
The artists inspected the gals in called and are worthless. Tourists, 


Organized Labor Mnllins 

(p . mt 9 C • rounded out the top 10 in this tab- However, in view of the notices 

llO to iD^trC LAOiPSlflC Ulation, . Last-named is being dis- and the mild audience reaction, ef- 
■ liMin iifii n 1 <^ributed in. the U. S. by RKO. forts to buy back from RKO the 

I ATNF Mr Ml) If ill S||Rr|r On the fest’s final day, Columbia screen rights to “Having Wonder- 
inl IHU ff lUU|iaiB ijj “Salesman." Because ful Time," the 1936-37 Arthur Ko- 

, Minneapolis, July 1. shown without German subtitles, ber play on which the musical is 
Plans to get organized labor be- the audiences voting on it had dif- based, are in abeyance. An offer 
hind a "Go To The Theatre" cam- Acuity in understanding the film of $50,000 wan made for the rights, 
paign for legitimate houses 4s well fully. But this was a handicap for but was nixed by Howard Hughes, 
as film efiporiums are expected most of the films, since a large head of the studio. The company 
to be one of the orders of business number were shown without Ger- originally paid $87,500 for the 
when Inti. Alliance of Theatri- man subtitles. Some pix had property, and made a picture of It. 
cal . Stage Employees and Moving French subtitles which helped, but Ironic aspect of the “Wish You 
Pictures Machine Operators hold for the most part few of the view- Were Here” premiere last Wed- 
their biennial convention here ers were able to understand the 

Aug. 4-8, according to Bill Dom dialog. “Rashomon” was screened (Continued on page 62) 

nelly, arrangements chairman. with French titles. This probably 


pic, while “Miracle of Milan," bum, which was recorded Sunday 
from Italy, was fifth. " (29) and is due for quick release, 

“Three Forbidden Stories" (Ital- may also help the ticket sale, 
iah), “The Deserted Farm” (Mexi- especially in view of the quality 
can) and “Rashofiion" (Japanese) of the Harold Rome score, 
rounded out the top 10 in this tab- However, in view of the notices 
Ulation, . Last-named is being dis- and the mild audience reaction, ef- 
tributed in. the U. S. by RKO. forts to buy back from RKO the 


Minneapolis, July 1. 


(Continued on page 62) 


Berle on Paris TV 

Paris. June 24. 


hoping to; get black-market ex- 
change rates, still fall for this one. 
Black market rates, with the num- 
ber of tourist dollars available and 
on the increase, ' have fallen almost 
as hard as the tourist: falls for the 


Milton Berle, vacationing here, street money exchanges. Ljist 
went on French TV gratis Tuesday, -February the dollar on the b.m. 
(24). Appearing on Roger Feral’s brought. 490 francs; today it brings 
noonday program, Berle ad-libbed 388 and try and get it. Official ex- 
In English with Feral while inter- change rate is 350. Some hotels 
preter explained lingo to audience, give 346 on Express and travellers' 
Berle finds TV here very primi- cheques, 'claiming it is ft service to 
live and believes it should be cash them. 

turned over to sponsbrship by pri- Fortune- telling come-on in some 
vate companies. This, he says, restaurants is as old and success- 
would bring about competition ful a racket as French postcards, 
and enforce improvement. French This is usually worked on middle- 
TV — as is case with French and age femme tourists. 

British radio — is government- Tipping and cover-charges are 
owned and all advertising ii^ for- often tricky. Tourist should always 


Aug. 4-8, according to Bill Don- 
nelly, arrangements chairman. 


(Continued on page 62) 


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do its bit in helping in a practi- shown in original form, 
cal way to combat TV and other Actually the Best 10 list reveals 
boxoffice inroads, and , boost *sag- eight of the winning pix had 
ging theatre attendance, Donnelly titles. . • ' 

announced. ‘ C* Coleman, 

“If only for selfish reasons, our commander' in Berlin, pre- Dublin, July !• 

heads have let it be known that rented the David O. Selznick Danny Kaye’s closing here Sat- 

they will do what they can to aid the German film, “Heart urd^ (28) at the Theatje Royal 

theatre-owners in* their fight for ^”5 World. Together with the saw his 14 shows gross 12,690 
survival,” said Donnelly. “With ®ther countries, it pounds ($34,532), a total never be- 

the present trend unchecked, before a U. S. juiy fore seen in this city. It even 

there’ll be more unemployment ^ ‘Ii!. the top film will be caused the nationalized bus sys- 


Dublin, July 1. 

Danny Kaye’s closing here Sat- 


there 11 be more unemployment 
for our members."' 

It’s hoped to line up unions out- 
side of those affiliated with films 
in a proposed campaign to encour- 
age theatre attendance, according 
to Donnelly. One suggestion, he 
said, was that the families of tis 
many union members as possible 
pledge themselves to attend at 
least one show a week. 


tern to re-sked so that second house 
audiences could get home. It was 
ri» >P'1 j^*Li probably the most successful per* 

rndrs udrldlld inbotc appearance engagement m 

n XK 11 A Dublin’s, theatrical history. 

On Coast Pulls, $25,000 h,S’k"o'u]r 5 "b;"hi?i‘iiVoiosSg nl^h” 

Hollywood, July 1. with the audience refusing to allow 

A capacity crowd of 800 attend- to leave the stage after the 
ed the testimontal dinner to Judy P«rfofn'«n«. Over 1,000 Ian» 

Garland tendered by the Friars .at jinother hour sang tradi- 

the Biltmore Bowl on Sunday (29). tional Irish ballads. , 

Organization realized an estimated During the week, which started 
423,000 which will be distributed w*"* ';^’''’””;^i°bei‘ng 

among vanous charitable organ!- .j; honorary Catholic Boy 

zations. Scout, over 10% of this city o 

Aniong those paying tribute to 500,000 persons paid admittance to 
the singer were Frank Sinatra, the 4,000-seat Royal to 
Rosalind Russell, George Burns, twice-nightly show put bn by 
Geor.gc Jessel, Lt. Gov. Goodwin J. with a top of $1.04 and . u 

Knight, Eddie Cantor, Ezio Pinza, of 35c. Kaye started his 
Olivia De Havilland and Marie concert tour Monday (30) m 
Wilson. Idiff. 


Every Bit^Hclp# 

Hollywood, July 1, 
There will be plenty of talk- 
ers at the Republican and 
Democratic national conven- 
tions in Chicago, including 
Francis, the Talking Mule. 

Four-legged .thesp will drop 
in on both political huddles in. 
the course of an eight-week 
tour plugging “Francis Goes to 
West Point," 


given the Gold^ Laurel. 





Prenes’ Eagk Eye on 


Kew order in lllm production, tha! of endowing each pic with 
n^vrimum production value! for every dollar invested, is resulting 
Jrt^more frequent hops .to the Coast by company presidents who 
if douarter in N; Y. They watit to be on the scene to continually 
mor^foi>th<^money objective as' an economic niust in the 

riirently depressed market. - * . 

Particularly reflecting the new trend is Nicholas M. Schenck, 
^resident of Loew’!-Metro, He haa been at the Culver City lot the 
nast month, and will remain there for at least the balance of this 
u^ek before returning to his Gotham office. Thereafter, Schenck 
olans to trek weSl at the rate of once every eight weeks. This is a 
big switch for the Loew’s topldck who, in past, entrained to the 
studios about once a year. 

Barney Balaban, .who is now In Blurope, similarly has been spend- 
ing more time at the Paramount lot and will continue to do the 
Lme in the future,, it's expected. Par’s sales execs also will be on 
the production scene more often, 

Spyros P. Skouras, 20th-Fox topper, plans a flight to L. A. shortly 
after the upcoming holiday weekend, for huddles on future lens- 
ing. Skouras likewise is on the; list of frequent N. Y.-to-L. A.-ers. 

Kate J. Blumberg spends a substantial part of his time at the 
Universal lot and Harry M. Warner and Columbia's Harry Cohn 
headquarter on the Coast. Ned E. Depinet hops west at relatively 
short intervals for studio topper Howard Hughes. 


D.G. Newsreel Reps Converge on Chi 
In ‘Big Test' Vs. Video at Powwow 


Washington, July 1. - 

Capital newsreel reps were gath- l^i 

erlng cameras and • Wits today rllDl IWWICS UfOp 

(Tues.) in preparation for their Wa«T,incrfnn t,iTv 1 

rek to Chicago for one of the Wasnington, July 1. 

toughest assignments yet to con- Film Industry dividends amount- 
front them. Vets of many political ed to $9,901,000 for the first five 
conventions, the boys ' know they months of this year, U. S. Dept, of 
are facing a severe test of strength Commerce reported last week. For 
with television, and are getting to the same period last year, the.fig- 
the scene of action early to work ure was $10,392,000. During May, 
out special angles and feature 1952, picture corporations reported 
stories. - dividends of only $114,000 to their 

Somewhat aloof froni the general stockholders, compared with $211,- 
feeling of worry and tension is 000 for the same month of 1950. 
fox Movietone which long ago The publicly reported dividends 
Jumped on the video bandwagon iii any industry amount to about 60 
via its TV-newsreel alliance with or 66% of all dividends in that in- 
Unlted Press. 20th's Tony Muto dustry. 

has been in Chicago almost a week 

now, lining up his record crew i ^ ^ 

about two dozen lensers, tech- I/f’f’ I?_ || ^ 

nicians, editors, et al. The UP-Fox f 1^1^ NnODIlOr U.Ua 
Movietone TV reel, which has been ■ U1UV|/I1V1 VeVe 

averaging four shows nightly, • , 

gs . convention ,tep-up o£ re- P TKpofrp TV 

In preparation for the big show, w/UvO flllvUilV f 
Movietone has leased Crescent 

Laboratory in Chicago, will process U • ^ HH 

and edit footage immediately and npOITIIIff IVlAVPIin 

ftir express the finished reels to llVttl lilt IflVfVUp 

subscribing stations. They will 

work hand in glove, of course, with Washington, July 1. 

(Continued on page 21) 20th-Fox’s demonstration of 

- larc£#»_<;prp<»T« r'nlftr 


AvcraKuig lour snows mgntiy, • ■ 

gs . convention ,tep-up o£ re- P ThpatfP TV 

In preparation for the big show, w/UvO flllvUilV f 
Movietone has leased Crescent 

Laboratory in Chicago, will process U • ^ HH 

and edit footage immediately and ||P2)ini10 IVlAVPIin 

sir express the finished reels to llVttl lilt IflVfVUp 

subscribing stations. They will 

work hand in glove, of course, with Washington, July 1. 

(Continued on page 21) 20th-Fox’s demonstration of 

Eidophor large-screen color tele 

M * f Ti* n the • Federal Communications 

in^ 0l 1 1C NlMfM Commission last Friday evening 

n nun • here as boosting the 

oeen; amau Reactaon To ch«nce for *ettmg 

' early hearing on theatre TV 

nnwnkisaf Wnll Ql Vnrn phases. The six Commission mem- 
1/UnllUcdl ffdll uL IdlU bers who journeyed to New York 

Film shares on the New York for fhe demonstration expressed 
Stock Exchange, while plenty weak themselves as very impressed with 
in recent months, at least aren’t Eidophor. 

Soing much lower in the immediate ( Other news of Eidophor on 
future, according to financial an- popo 5 ) . 

flysts. If anything, some incline Only last week, producers and 
is anticipated along with the ex- oirtiibitors joined in a request to 
pected traditional rise in theatre ^he FCC to reconsider its recent 
business after midsummer postponement of theatre tele hear- 

However, there mav hp cnmp higs until next January, Industry 
sporadic dips in the meantime, the.FCC to schedule in Oc- 

such as Loew's slip of 37l^c dur- a minimum of eight days of 

Shares Closed testimony of engineering.and ac- 
$12.50 yesterday (Tues ) countmg aspects of big-screen 

market prfces^^has ^beSi Tea^ched is still considerable 

reneotld ^ as to whether the 

St Journal news story Fri- (Continued on page 18) 

‘ unent exhibition’s ups 

ly ^°stly downs. Normal- 

Porbf? < account of gloom as re- 

haJp financial daily would 

a bad effect on film-stock 

(Continued on page 18) 


Washington. July 1. 

*'We'll fight censorship In what- 
ever forin it takes,’' Eric Johnston 
declared today (TuejU..); ih ji^ply to 
the statement . here last Week' of 
Charles A. Brind, Jn, counsel for 
the New York Board of Regents, 
which wields the blue pencil in 
that state. Brind had asserted that 
even if the Supreme Court throws 
out all motion picture pre-censor- 
ship, New York State has no in- 
tention of tossing its shears away. 

Brind predicted hjs state would 
immediately order licenses for all 
theatres, thus holding an axe con- 
stantly over the head of exhibitors 
by making them- responsible for 
what they showed: In addition, he 
said, voluntary state censorship 
will be , offered to the film produc- 
ers who want to take advantage of 
it. . - . 

Motion Fictiire Assn, of Ameri- 
, ca prexy, who is in Spokane on 
personal business, declared 
through his office here: 

"The film industry, which how 
has ' political censors throughout 
the country on the run, has no 
intent of retreating. We’ll continue 
Eureka copyrighted the film in the 
(Coniituied on page 16) 

Seek High Ct. Aid 
In ‘Ecstasy’ Snarl 

Washington, July 1, 

The Supreme Court is asked, in 
briefs just filed, to take jurisdic- 
tion in two suits involving owner- 
ship and control of the old Hedy 
Lamarr starrer, "Ecstasy.” 

• Gustav Machaty, author and di- 
rector of the film, which was made 
in 1931-32, seeks to restrain Astra 
Pictures, Michael M. Wingate and 
Martin Licht from infringing on 
the copyright he says belongs to 
him. He also wants an accounting 
and damages. 

Machaty gave Elekta-Film of 
Czechoslovakia worldwide distribu- 
tion rights in 1932, Elekta licensed 
Eureka to distribute the film in 
America for five years, commenc- 
ing in 1934. Then, says Machaty, 
(Continued on page 14) 


Bhiinberg Due m N. Y. 

Nate Blumberg, Universal prexy, 
arrives In New York from the Coast 
next Tuesday (8). He’s been at 
the studio for the past several 
months. 

Although annual meeting of U’s 
stockholders will be held in Wil- 
mington, Del., on that day, Blum- 
berg is hot expected to attehd. 
Topper has not appeared at these 
palavei:^ in the past and it is doubt- 
ed that h« will change the practice. 


Due on Schenck V 
Return to N. Y. 

ChJtrles' C. ^Moskowitz, Loew’s- 
Metro’ treasurer and y.p., returned 
to New York last weekend, follow- 
ing four weeks of Culver City meet- 
ings designed to effect significant 
economies in studio operations. 
Prexy Nicholas M. Schenck will 
remain west for aj least the balance 
of this week for further huddles 
with production top brass and per- 
sonnel. 

Moskowitz declined comment on 
outcome of the sessions so far, and 
indications are that the company 
will refrain from giving a report 
clarifying any new lensing policies 
until Schenck’s windup of the pro- 
tracted conferences. . Schenck will 
be back at the Gotham homeoflice 
sometime next Week, it’s expected. 

Schenck and Moskowitz went to 
the Coast for. the parleys May 30. 
Howard, Dietz, ad-pub v.p., joined 
them • a few days later to partici- 
pate in the early phases of the 
meetings, and returned to his N. Y. 
quarters. 

During his stay west SchOnck 
has been interviewing numerous 
M-G’ites, including • department 
heads, producers, directors, play- 
ers and cameramen, at his studio 
office, on ways and means of cut- 
1 ting costs in line with depressed 
market conditions. 


' A plan for closing 100 of th« 570 
theatres in New York’* four prin- 
cipal boroughs has been presented 
to operators of all the important 
circuits in the area • by Harry 
Brandt. Head of the Brandt chain 
is selling the scheme on the basia 
that shuttering competitive thea- 
tres would put the remaining ones 
on a more profitable level,. 

Ingenuity of the plan is thatJt 
calls for conversion of the house* 
that are closed to commercial pur- 
poses, such as supermarkets, In or- 
der to permanently get them out of 
the way as theatrical competition.' 
Brandt proposes that the conver- 
sion in each case be paid for by ‘ 
owners of the formerly competing 
houses that remain open in each 
situation. 

For example, if there are three 
theatres close by each other and 
all doing poor biz, Brandt suggests 
that the three owners get together 
and decide which one should shut- 
ter. That would be determined by 
its losses, its situation In regard tb 
product, its- location, its age and 
condition, and whatever other fac- 
tors apply. 

. With theatre A thus closed, own- 
ers of B and C would foot the 
(Continued on page 16) 


P.O. Dept, Police Hunting 
Authors of Vulgar’ Tracts 
On ’Latuko’ Documentary 

Postal authorities and“' Newark, 
N. J., police arc attempting to 
track down the person of persons 
who recently distributed "vulgar” 
circulars about "Latuko,” the Af- 
rican documentary, to newspapers 
and ■ various . pressure groups. 
Throwaways 'were printed without 
the knowledge of the management 
of the Newsreel Theatre in New- 
ark, where the flJm started its sev- 
enth week yesterday (Tues,). 

Distribution of these unauthor- 
ized circulars was branded by Nor- 
man Elson, prez of Guild Enter- 
prises, operators of the Newreel, 
as an "obvious effort to discredit 

(Continued on page 21) 


National Boxoffice Survey 

Heat, Pre-Holiday Cut Trade; ‘Scaramouche' First, 
^PaP Second, ‘Clash^ Third, Xydia’ Fourth 



Goldwyn Mapping Fall N.Y. 
Stay on ‘Andersen’ Dally 

(Continued on page 18) Samuel Goldwyn is expected in 

— New York early -in August. After 

IjKiiav i f ^ brief stay, he’ll leave from there 

wUCj UIl to Europe ^or two months or so of touring 

On * 1 ii ' 1 ) ri-i • Europe. Producer’s plans, how- 

^ hni^hlhAAfl Fllminff ever, are still in the tentative stage. 
Walt n- ^ * UUIlUg Present idea is that he’ll return 

land Eng- to New York about October from 

Queen Mnr (Tues.) aboard the abroad and remain for several 
Britain arrival in nionths, working on the publicity- 

tion on' begin pfoduc- advertising campaign for "Hans 

Flower ” n ^*^^2hthood Was in Christian Andersen.” Color musi- 
E>isnev ^^yfive-action film . cal, starring Danny Kaye, is now in 
^ork onnfFS- week in New final editing stages and will be re- 

RKO execs leased by RKO for Christmas. 

Fobin Honi? ” “The Story of George Slaff, Goldwyn’s counsel 

ballv uj Vd aide, arrived in New York from 

Pfeemed in which the Coast last week; and will re- 

h Gotham last week. , main east until after the film opens. 


Combination of record heat and 
customary slow pace prior to a 
holiday week is producing lagging 
grosses this week at key cities cov- 
ered by Variety. Although rains 
broke the backbone of Mother tor- 
rid spell, the fact that many first- 
runs are awaiting arrival of the 
July 4 weekend to spot in their 
strongest fare is cutting into na- 
tional gross total. 

“Scaramouche” (M-G), which had 
climbed to .fourth spot last week, 
is moving up to No. 1 spot this ses- 
sion. "Pat and Mike” (M-G), 
which was first a week ago, is fin- 
ishing second with another healthy 
total. Third money is going to 
"Clash by Night” (RKO), second 
last round. 

“Lydia Bailey" (20th), fifth last 
session, is capturing fourth position 
while "Winning Team” (WB), with 
some better individual showings, is 
doing well enough money to cop 
fifth spot. 

"Kangaroo” (20th), in 10th slot 
a week ago, will be sixth this 
round. "Outcasts of Poker Flat” 
(20th), making a much better show- 
ing this stanza, is' finishing seventh. 
"Man in White Suit” (U) and 
"Walk East on Beacon” (Col) round 
out the Top Nine list in that order. 

"Denver and Rio Grande” (Par), 
"No Room for Groom” (U) and 
"Encore” (Par) are the runner-up 
films. 

Several new entries are display- 
ing future possibilities. "Where’s 
Charley?" (WB) looms big on the 


basis of smash total being garnered 
opening round at the vast N. Y. 
Music Hall, where it opened big 
even in the face of hottest June 
weather New York has had for 
years. "Robin Hood” (RKO-Disney) 
was smash on all three of its initial 
playdates in N. Y., L. A. and 
Toronto. 

"Anybody Seen My Gal” (U), 
which opens at N. Y. Mayfair this 
week, is socko opening week in 
L. A, "Washington Story” (M-G), 
new entry this frame at N. Y. State, 
teed off big in Washington. "Crip- 
ple Creek” (Col), also new, is rated 
okay in mild Frisco. "Down Among 
Sheltering Palms” (20th) shapes 
oke in Toronto. "Sally and St. 
Anne” (U), likewise new, is termed 
okay in very sluggish Baltimore. 

. "Wild Heart” (RKO) is termod 
nice in Boston. "Ivory Hunter” 
(U) looms fine in Frisco. "Outcast 
of Islands” (UA) is^ perking this 
session, being nice in Toronto and 
big in N. Y. 

"Greatest Show” (Par) is rated 
big in Chi. "Carson City” (WB), 
fair in Denver, looks, okay in Cin- 
cinnati. "Hoodlum Empire” (R«p) 
is fair in Denver. 

“Lovely to Look At” (M-G) 
shapes neat in Philly. “3 for Bed- 
room C” (WB), fine in Cincy, is fair 
to dull in three other keys. 

"King Kong” (RKO), out on re- 
issue, looks great on "CincY move- 
over and big on second Detroit 
week. 

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At least 34 ot the 38 theatre* f 
carrying the Hay Hobinson-Joey 
Maxim fight via large-screen tel^ 
Vision last Wednps4ay night (25) 
earned a profit on the event, wiUi 
several of them, petting up to 
$3,000, according to; a roundup of 
reports from houie managers. Rec- 
ord earnings point up the fact that 
theatre TV, now that exhibitors 
have learned how to price Hud bal- 
lyhoo their special shows,; Will* be 
a lucrative new ’ source of income 
for them, ■ 

Total gross in all 38 theatres 
hit over $200,000 and, with several 
^ of them forced to sell standing 
room, the total attendance was 
well over 125,000, or triple the 
number which paid their way into 
Yankee Stadium, N. Y., to see the 
fight in person. This f actor under- 
scores the validity of predictions 
that fight promoters might well hit 
a’ $1,000,000 gate within the fore- 
seeable future, when /enough' the- 
atres are inter-connected from 
coast to coast to pad out the of- 
ficial take at the gate. 

Two-day postponement of the 
fight from the originally-scheduled 
June 23, because of weather, 
forced one theatre to withdraw 
from the web set up by Theatre 
Network TV to carry the event. 
That was the house in Providence, 
which had cleared coaxial Cable 
lines for the original date, but Was- 
forced to turn them back for prior 
broadcast network commitments 
on Wednesday. It*s pointed out, 
Incidentally, that the 38 theatres 
interconnected represented 25 dif- 
ferent circuits, including suqh as 
|lKO, Warners, Loew’s, United 
Paramount,' Walter Reade, etc. 

Theatres .were not leased for the 
night by TNT, as had been believ- 
(Continued oh page 20) 


Coast Theatre 
Picketing Halted 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Federal Judge Ernest A. Tolin 
yesterday (30) issued a temporary 
order restraining the Wage Earn- 
ers Committee from picketing 
Loew's State Theatre' here. Action 
was brought by United Artist.* 
Theatre Circuit, the house operator,' 
charging that picketing, going on 
since February, was heightened 
last week with the booldng of 
"Pat and Mike.” Former State Sen. 
Jack B. Tenney, repping WEC, 
argued the group was within its 
rights in picketing the theatre to 
prevent bookings of plx ."which in 
their opinion are deleterious to the 
welfare of the U. S.” 

Plaintiff’s attorney, Charles H. 
Carr, charged the group was trying 
to. set up its own censorship; 
pointed out that the group’s pri- 
mary grievance was with Dore 
Schary; that the theatre was an in- 
nocent third party, and pressure 
thus was a "secondary boycott,” 
which is illegal. Tenney said the 
group planned more widespread 
picketing in the future; claimed 
WEC members were "patriotically 
upset” over consistent film industry 

(Continued on page 16) 


Mono Brass in Huddle 
With ABPC bn Program 

Walter Mirlsch, Monogram Pic- 
tures production chief, planed to 
London Friday (27) wheye he’ll 
join prez Steve Broidy and other 
company officials. Group is aboard 
to discuss their filmmaking pro- 
gram with Associated British Pic- 
tures Corp, 

One piicture has already been 
completed under the program and 
the Mono-ABPC estecs are scanping 
stories fbr suhse<iuent films. Prior 
td leaving for London, Mirisch hud- 
dled with staff producer Vincent 
Fennelly, who left New York over 
the weekend for the Coa^t ,to prep 
The Eyes of Texas,” a Wayne Mor- 
ris starrer. 


Paris to 




Wblflblai«.Calis 

• Miurlce N. Wolf, ^tro 
tor rtlaUpnl’ ata/fer, hU sli 
ing dJite* lined, up with cominti- 
nity. grbupf for August. 

RfeTL' lecture on the ' Industry 
generally in Hammopd. and South 
Bend, Ind., and Watertown, Og- 
densburg^ Massena . and * Carthage, 
N. Y, ■ ^ 




‘Claii’ 2i ‘Bejwpn’ 3i ^306’ % 


June’s 10 Leaders 




3 Schwartz Pix in Works 
With Start on ‘New Haven’ 

Arthur Schwartz trained from 
New York yesterday (Tues.) for 
the Coast, where hte’ll start writing 
the tunes for Paramount’s "The 
New HaVen Story.” It will be one 
of three pix in production simul- 
taneously for which Schwartz will 
have penned the music. 

The other two films, both ready 
to go, are Metro productions. They 
are "I Love Louisa,” being directed 
by Vincent Minelli, with Fred As- 
taire, Nanette Fabray, Cyd Charisse 
and Oscar Levant in the cast, and 
"Dangerous When Wet,” starring 
Esther Williams. 

Robert Emmett Dolan, better 
known as orch leader, composer 
and arranger, will produce "New 
Haven Story” (tentative title). Gin- 
ger Rogers, Donald O’Connor and 
William Holden will be starred in 
the yarn about a legit tryout. 

Schwartz also has some legit 
plans, but is keeping mum on them 
at present. 


Paris, July 1. 

Negotiatiops for a , new U.S.- 
French film agreement hit an im- 
passe this week that almost tpr- 
pedoed the talks. Instructions 
from New York to Anierican in- 
dustry reps to keep at' the nego- 
tiations have salvaged them, hoW-. 
ever, and the French' have now 
agreed to come up with a revis(ed' 
proposal for a pact. 

point on which the powwowS 
broke down was French insistence 
on a reduction of - Yahk film im- 
ports to about KK) a year, accord- 
ing to reports. Last agreement 
called for 121, The Americans in 
present talks have been asking for 
unlimited imports, but 140 at the 
very least. 

Also tossed in the hopper again 
by the Paris contingent is. a re- 
quest for a subsidy by American 
distribs to French producers. It’s 
not called a subsidy now, but 
whether under a camouflaged title 
or not, it would require a donation 
of 100,000,000 francs ($285,000) by 
the Yanks. That wouldn't be used 
directly to boost production, ac- 
cording to the French, but is a 
'minimum amount required to 
maintain a promotional and sales 
setup for Gallic pix in New York. 

In any case, the State Dept., 
which is conducting negotiations 
for the U. S. industry, has re-, 
mained adamant against a subsidy 
in any form, as has the Society of 
Independent Motion Picture Pro- 
ducers and an important segment 

'(Continued on page 14) 

CORKERY TO JOIN MPAA 

AS Asst, to McCarthy 

Robert Corkery, who was for- 
merly in U. S. Government service 
in Germany, reportedly will join 
the staff of the Motion Picture 
Assn, of America this week, as as- 
sistant to John G. McCarthy, di- 
rector of the internatiorial division. 
It’s understood he’ll replace Ted 
Smith, who has been reassigned as 
Continental rep of MPAA, head- 
quartering in Paris. 

Corkery until recently has been 
handling problems of displaced 
persons for the Government in 
Germany. He has had no film ex- 
perience. 

Smith will go to France in about 
two weeks. He returned last week 
from seven months in the Far East. 
He was working on a tax and re- 
mittance problem in Indonesia, 
which is now believed close to 
being solved, and labor difficulties 
in the Philippines, which have 
been cleared up. 

George Canty, who came to 
MPAA from State Dept, film posts, 
will continue on the New York staff 
of the international division. Irving 
Maas, who recently joined the 
staff after six years as v.p. and 
general manager of the Motion Pic- 
ture Export Assn., will leave 
New York shortly to represent the 
MPAA in Japan on a permanent 
basis. He’s awaiting the return of 
Richard McDonnell, who’s in 
Tokyo for MPAA on a special 
problem of thawing coin. 


Theatres wiU probably, hav^ an- 
other; fight 'to, themaelye^i when 
Rocky Marciano; .meets Barry Mat- 
thewH at Yankee . Stadium, N. Y., 
July 28. International Boxing. 
Club, pleased with results of the 
Sugar. Ray Robinson-Joey Maxim 
bout last "Wednesday (25), iii lean- 
ing toward a similar setup for the 
Marciano-Matthews fray.' 

That would mean an exclusive 
for theatrei^ equipped with large- 
screen tele, followed ' by a two-reel 
compilation of highlight rounds 
for subsequent showing by Other' 
houses. As with the Robinson- 
Maxim battle, home television and 
radio would be liixed.* 

IBC was highly pleaded by re- 
sults on last week’s fight. The ra- 
dio-TV shutout gave the promoters 
a gat^ of more than $400,Q()0, a 
new record for a light-heavyweight 
Championship bout. Fight drew 
47,983 pktro'ns. 

In addition to the coin at the 
gate, IBC got, better than $100,000 
as its share of theatre TV income. 
Affair was carried by, 38 houses in 
24 cities, and most of them did 
sellout biz. New York was blacked 
out. 

It will take some time to com- 
pute the financi^ tally on the fight 
films, but they've been doing yery 
well, partially . because of the un- 
usual finale in' which Robinson was 
knocked out by the heat rather 
than by Maxim. It's anticipated 
income for the club will be be- 
tween $50,000 and $75,000. 

Joe Roberts, who produced the 
reel in association with the IBC, 
disclosed this week that 310 prints 
were used, far mote than orig- 
inally anticipated (though a lot 
less than the 1,200 used by RKO 
when it had rights to the Robin- 
son-Randy Turpin battle last year) 
Pix were in Broadway houses by 
2:15 p.m, the afternoon following 
the fight, in Boston by 8 p.m. aild 
the Coast the following morning. 


Broadway Ron Seen For 
‘Miracle’ After Art House 
Date; May Be Roadshown 

‘’The Miracle” probably will 
play a Broadway run following its 
present engagement at the Paris, 
N. Y., and may he seen in other 
cities on a roadshow basis, accord- 
ing to distrib Joseph Burstyn. 
Roberto Rossellini-Anna Magnani 
pic, which was the basis of an his- 
toric U. S. Supreme Court censor- 
ship decision recently, is currently 
in the third week of its return date 
at the Paris. 

Engagement at the art house has 
ppved som^hat disappointing. It 
hit $9,700 the first week and about 
$7,500 the second. It’s felt that on 
basis of recent publicity, the pic 
will do better in a Main Stem 
house than at the Paris, where it 
was playing its preem date when 
pulled as a result of a New York 
State censors’ ban 18 months ago 

Meantime, Burstyn continues to 
get unexpected and unsolicited 
financial contributions in appre 
ciatory letters for the long, costly 
fight he made in carrying the case 
to the High Tribunal. Latest 
which arrived on Monday (30) 
came from a • GI on Koje Island 
Korea, with a check for $7. 

Letter from PFC Raymond A. 
Carr mentioned that he was en- 
closing $5. On the bottom was a 
P.S., which read: "The additiona 
$2 is from Raymond’s father.” It 
was signed by the boy’s mother 
Letter from the soldier to which 
his mother had added the P.S 
said: "(Congratulations on winning 
‘The Miracle’ case before the Su- 
preme Court. Because of the big 
expense involved 'in carrying a 
case to the highest coiirt, I have 
enclosed a $5 check toward ex 
penses.” 

General publicity on Burstyn's 
"The Miracle” victory with leaflets 
and lobby displays has been sug 
(Continued on page 18) 


Skirts Ahoy" (M-G). 

Clash by Night” I RKO ) . 
"Walk E; on Beacon” (Col). 
‘^About Pace” (WB). 

"Pat Slid Mike” CM-G). 
"Man in White Suit” (U). 
‘Bed Mountain” (Par). 

8. “Kangaroo’« (20th). 

9. “CArbine Williams” (MG). 

10. "Lydia Bailey” (20th). 


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3. 

4. 

5. 

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7.* 



Grail OH More 
Hot First-Rnns 


Hollywood, July 1. 
Changing exhibition pattern for 
first-run engagements, with drive- 
ins moving in • on conventional 
houses, was further emphasized 
over the weekend when it was re- 
vealed that ozoners have grabbed 
two additional Paramount releases 
for initial screenings on a . day- 
date basis with Indoor houses. 

Films, both figured as practical- 
ly surefire boxpflice winners, are 
"Jumping Jacks,” the Martin k 
Lewis starrer, and "Son of Pale- 
face,” re-teaming- Bob Hope, and 
Jane Russell, who scored in the 
earlier "Paleface.” Ali;eady, three 
ozoners were successful in outbid- 
ding conventional situations for 
Par’s "The Greatest Show On 
Earth,” and Will play the film’s 
regular first-run dates in this area 
on a dayndate basis with three 
indoor emporiums. 

The Olympic, Gag# and El 
(Continued on page 21) 


The ntUonal boxoffice for J„„. 
uiiully « W month, suffered mow 
Mverely than In previous ye.w 
becaUM of hot weather 
toUUrtor' tlie. ^onth of Jun? 
cording to Reports from VARitYY 
correspondents, in; •25 represenh 
tive -ker cities, showed receiptuh* 
lowest since, early last Decemb*.? 
Only- the. closing week was anv‘ 
where , near normal. Cool, rainv 
weather a couple ^weekends oJL 
many- keys an upbeat, though not 
enough. 

’ With lagging biz, only the very 
strongest pictures garnered boxof- 
flee laurels. "Skirts Ahoy” (M-G) 
was . June champion, shaping up 
about as expected, judging from 
playdates late in May. The Esther 
Williams starrer finished first twice 
and was among, the top grossm 
all four weeks last month. - 

"Clash By Night” (RKO) wen 
second place on Vahiety’s top lo 
list,' while "Walk East on Beacon” 
(Col), also a promising entry late 
in May, captured third spot. 

"About Face” (WB), strong in 
the elosing week of May, pushed 
up to fourth position, indicating, as 
with the leader, "Skirts,” that the 
public goes for light fare in the 
-summer. ‘Bat and Mike” (M-G), 
getting under way as the month 
closed^ wound up fifth by dint of 
landing first in the final week with 
soipe big shpwings. 

‘.‘Man in White Suit” (U), dis- 
playing marked strength for a Brit- 
ish ‘pic playing almost exclusively 
in arty theatre^ is sixth place win- 
ner. Flimi was 11th last month. 
"Red Mountain’^ (Par), with a flock 
of bodkings one week, displayed 
enough strength to. take seventh 
money. “Kangaroo” (20th), which 
started out slowly, picked up to 
finish sixth, one week, and was near 
it .another stanza.' It landed eighth 
position. . 

. "Carbine. Wlilllams” . (M-G), sixth 
in May, was ninth, while "Lydia 

(Continued oh page 22) '' 


NO STRINGS ON SAVINGS 
IF TAX IS REPEALED 

Organized film, industry will 
refrain from any set policy regard- 
ing the savings which will come, 
if repeal of the 20% Federal ad- 
missions tax is accomplished in the 
current drive. H. A. Cole and Pat 
McGee, head* of the campaign, 
which is underway carrying the 
Council of Motion Picture Organi- 
zations banner, stressed in New 
York that exhibs will be free to 
pocket the difference between 
ticket price and the tax as it now 
stands, boosting the price in the 
same amount that the tax is lopped 
off, or passing along the saving to 
the public. 

McGee, Who is head of Cooper 
Foundation Theatres, Denver, an- 
ticipated that in some of his situa- 
tions which are in the throes of 
downbeat .economics, the amount 
of the tax cut will be added to the 
theatre price. In others Which are 
doing Well, the price will remain 
the same with the public saving 
the tax coin. 


32^G Hazard 

Los Angeles, July 1, 
Wynn Rocamora filed suit against 
29th-Fox in .Superior Court, ask- 
ing $32,500 for personal injuries. 

Talent agent claims he was 
wounded when struck by an iron 
door while walking in a studio hall- 
way. 


N. Y. to L. A, 

Louise Beck 
Jerry Bergen 
Bill Doll 
Stuart Erwin 
Margaret Ettinger 
Vincent M. Fennelly 
Irving Fein 
Benny Fields 
William Goetz 
WilUam M. Judd 
Lois Mann 
Caren Marsh 
Arthur Schwartz 
Blossom Seeley 
Jule Styne 

Europe to N. Y. 

Jack Buchanan 
Mary Ellen Chase 
Alfred W. Crown 
C. S. Forester 
Leopold Fx'iedman 
William Goetz 
Jack Hylton 
Arthur L. Mayer 
Isaac Stern 


N. Y. to Europe 

Gene Cavallero 
Ted Cott 
Meyer Davis 
■Walt Disney 
Lynn, Farhol 

Ed and Pegeen Fitzgerald 
Morton Gottlieb 
Barry Gray 
Sara Greenspan 
Peter .Lind Hayes 
Mary Healy ' 

Moss Hart 
Constance Hope 
Joseph M. Hyman 
Colin . Keith-Johnston 
Boris Karloff 
Howard Lindsay 
Gertrude Macy 
Walter Mirisch 
John Perona 
Friti Reiner 
Dick Rubin 
Gen. David Sarnoff 
Pincus Sober . 

Uoro^hy Stickney 
Spencer Tracy 
Margaret Truman 
Lawrence Weingarten 
Igor Youskevitch 

L. A. to N. Y# 

Jay Adler 
June Allyson 
Phyllis Avery 
Valerie Bettis 
Bernard Carr 
Carl Clauson 
Dan Dailey 
Walt Disney 
Paul Douglas 
Joanne Dru 
L. Wolfe Gilbert 
Vonne Godfrey 
Alex Gottlieb 
Sir Cedric Hardwicke 
Bob Hope 
• Lou Irwin 
Irving L. Jacobs 
Lew Kerner 
Patric Knowles 
Robert L. Lippert 
Bob Longenecker 
John Monk 
Charles C. Moskowitz 
George Nasser 
Ezio Pinza 
Dick Ptwell 
Milton R. Rackmil 
Gregory Ratoff 
Philip Reed 
George J. Schaefer 
David Schine 
Lou Sherrell 
Ralph Smiley 
Robert Strauss 
Ed Sullivan 
Ltawrence Weingarten 



4- 











Tdlor provided by Eidpphor larfe-screen tel# in demonstrations 
h the 20 th-rox homPoff ice, which began last week, proved excel- 
both in fuU.tonea and subtle shadings. Flesh tones were par- 
JtMilarly ^ood w**** P«rf<>r*u«rs using no tosmetics and gals 

relv regular street makeup^ The 29-minute demonstration show 
at times so radiant as to give almost a trl-dlmensional effect, 
^The color proved considerably better than what CBS was put- 
^ on the air for home tele and sn improvement on what BCA 
demonstrated for theatres last year. At times it approached the 
auality of Technicolor, but like all rainbowed tele, It doesn't seem 
ible to maintain consistency. The tints wobble somewhat. . 

‘ 20 th-Fox prez Spyros Skouras explained that the model being 
demonstrated was ‘still In the laboratory phase, but that production 
output M^ould have most of the bugs eliminated. The flaws, how- 
ever are not In any sense too great and even the present, set is 
commercially practical. The only really serious limitation Is a 
tendency at times for all or part of a sceiie to go off foCUs mbmen- 

^Fwt action across the screen causes the colors to break up into 
their components for. an Instant, which is a defect for which the 
remedy is readily known. It results from 20th’s decision to com- 
promise on an eight megacycle width band. A band can accept 
^ly a certain amount of information at a time, and if 20th used a 
10 megacycle widths the breaking up of the color would he largely 
Eliminated. However, there's a considerably added charge by 
American Telephone Sc Telegraph for wider band facilities. 20th 
is trying to get down to a still cheaper six megacycle channel, but 
feels the eight Is a practical compromise at the moment. 

The demonstration show was f emceed by. Kyle MacDonnell, out 
of TV. Talent Included teiper Georgie Tapps, comedian Jay 
Marshall, a trio of singers doing a *'Faust" aria, dancers Mai^ 
Baye &; Naldi, the Beatrice Kraft East Indian terpers, dramatic 
players Anthony Ross and Joan Chandler, eight line girls and two 
boxers in a one-rounder. Sammy Rauch produced and Arthur 
Knon designed the sets. Herb. 


Eidephor lletiini to Show Biz,’ Sez 
Skonri^T Exhibs Divide on Merit 


By VERB GOLDEN 4 


Spyros Skouras promised exhibs 
last week that 20th-Fox would bhild 
26 shows for transmission over the 
system before it offered Eldophor 
large-screen color tele equipment 
to theatres. The 20th-Fox prexy, in 
answer to queries from exhibs at 
one of a series of homeofflee dem- 
onstrjttlons of the Swiss process, 
said also that negotiations are in 
progress to have 500 sets of equip- 
ment ready in 18 months. 


. Manufacturing will be done for 
20th by General Electric. Skouras 
said that after the initial 500, 
they’ll be pouring out of GE at the 
rate of 30 or 40 a week. He proph- 
esied that 7,00Q to 8,000 .'would be 
in use In seven years. 

Skouras said that he was already 
in negotiation with Richard Rodg- 
ers and Oscar Hammerstein 2d, 
Irving Berlin and other Important 
produceris and writers to prepare 
the live show's which will be .offered 
vhen Eldophor is available. ' Plan, 
he added, is for each show to run 
two Weeks, thus providing a year's 
stage show “product,” 

The 20th topper declared he 
did not see Eidophor as a means 
w transmitting sports or special 
events, but as a “return to show 
Dusiness in theatres.” His thesis 
IS that film houses have historically 
required some supplemental plus 
'*iue, whether it was live shows, 
ands or dishes, and that Eidophor 
ill provide this added quantity. 

Adequate Relief? 

the promise of shows 
TnH talents of Danny Kaye, 
Garland and Dean Martin and 
exhibs at the demon^ 
(Continued on page 18) 


T»lk Plainly, Simply, 

Asks Anti-Trust Judg 

Federal Judge Samuel Kaufma 
in New York District Court las 

Metropolita 
roDoul! of J;he Me 

^8 450 onn to revise it 

^i^ti-trust complair 

concisf"^?® i^ajors into “simph 
mad*^ u Court's ruling wa 

with the d< 
tain nff i^iotion to strike out cei 
In the complain 

mit Metropolitan to sul 

K«ufnian‘“”‘*'v ““Plaint. Ju'lV 

lure, “j; emphasized that “lei 
'llera’rv flights c 

«iJle which pe. 

*liould original complain 
Plaintiff." ^X0ltled.” Basis of th 
is charge tha 

product. secure first-ru: 

equitable 


Lucky ExKib 

At an Eidophor demonstra- 
tion at 20th-Fox last Friday 
(27), an exhib arose to ask a 
question of Spyros Skouras. 
He began: “Will it be necesr 
sary in order to get Eidophor 
teception to be near a TV 
transmitter? My theatre Is 150 
miles from the nearest sta- 
tion.” 

^Congratulations!” shouted 
someone from the audience, 
practically breaking up the 
session. 


20th Clampdown 
On Ad justments 
Of Rental Deals 

A1 Lichtman, 20th-Fox distribu- 
tion, chief, admitted this week that 
the company was clamping down 
on adjustments of film rental deals. 
He denied, . however, reports from 
the field that 20th had adopted a 
hard-and-fast policy against adjust- 
ments. 

“It’s not a policy,” he explained. 
“If we find that an exhibitor has 
agreed to terms that prove definite- 
ly out of reason, we’ll take care 
of him. • However, we do want to 
cut down on making each deal 
twice — once before the picture 
is played and once after,” 

The vet distrib compared the re- 
negotiation of terms frequently 
sought by exhibs to buying a 'heck- 
tie, wearing it for three weeks and 
then deciding you paid too much 
for it and seeking a refund. 

In those cases where an adjusti 
ment of terms appears merited, 
Lichtman said, the homeoffice will 
rea,dily authorize the branch to 
make it. However, he indicated, ‘ad- 
justments will be harder to come 
by in the future in anything less 
than unusual situations. 


Youngitein^g Field Hop 

Max E, YoUngsteln, United Art- 
ists. v.p., left Hew York Monday 
(30) night on another field hop to 
conduct branch sales meetings In 
connection with the current TJA 
sales drive. 

He’ll have sessions in Philadel- 
phia and Washington. Pittsburgh 
also will be included, if he can 
squeeze a full-day conclave in be- 
foi'e the weekend. 


As Result of Senate Small Biz Probe 



Theatre Owners of America and 
Allied States Assn, are acting as 
one. While Allied and TOA (and 
TOA'S predecessor outfits) have 
been rivals down through the years, 
the two national exhib orgs have 
been' behaving like honeymooners 
lately. 

Tliis came into focus as the en- 
tire trade got together in a com- 
mon effort to. map a system of in- 
dustry arbitration. Allied-ites xnd 
TOA-ers were in the Same camp, on 
all issues, as they were taken up 
at the three-day conclave in New 
York two weeks agp. What minor 
differences did develop were quick- 
ly resolved. Thus, it was Allied 
and TOA virtually functioning as 
a unit, sitting across the negotiat- 
ing table . from the distributors. 
( Incidentally, the 10-man "commit- 
tee named to draft a new set of ar- 
bitration proposals went into its 
hrst huddle in N. Y. Monday (30) 
and will continue such meetings 
until conclusions are reached.) 

Allied and TOA, additionally, 
haven’t been at serious odds on an 
industry matter in months. Not 
like the old days, when an agree- 
ment, between the two would have 
been as rare as a threatreman 
happy about business conditions. • 

Working together in the cam- 
paign to repeal the 20% Federal 
admissions tax are Pat McGee, long 
identifled with TOA, and H. A. 
Cole, for years a key figure in Al- 
lied at the policy-making level. 

Seen as partially responsible for 
the new romance is the fact that 
(Continued on page 60) 


Treasury Delays 
20th Divorcement 

Fact that 20th-Century FqX Film 
Corp. will continue in business as 
the same corporate entity, although 
divorced from do/nestic theatres, 
was behind the past week's delay 
in obtaining the Treasury Dept.'s 
okay pn the divorcement and the 
issuance of new- stock to investors. 
In the case of the previous RKO 
and Paramount reorganizations, 
each was dissolved and two nCw 
companies were established. 

However, since the time when 
those two outfits split; 'the reve- 
nue act was amended to require 
the formation of only one new cor- 
poration. Thus 20th stays as is, 
and its theatres subsid, National 
•fheatres, becomes the single new 
corporation growing out of divorce- 
ment. 

Treasury’s approval is awaited on 
the issuance of the National stock 
to 20th’s stockholders on a tax-free 
basis. It’s the first time that the 
new revenue ruling has applied to 
a film company and Treasury is giv- 
ing the matter more than the usual 
amount of time. However, the de- 
cision is expected momentarily- 
■ Almed-for date for the divorce- 
ment was last Saturday (28), But 
National has been operating inde- 
pendently, in large part, for the 
past month and the few days' delay 
in the formal severance is not re- 
garded as significant. 

Rila’s ‘Affair’ Gets Class B 
Rating; Ditto 4 Other Fix 

Four Hollywood films and one 
Italian import were rated as Class 
B. (morally objectionable in part 
for .all) by the National Legion of 
Decency this week. Columbia’s Rita 
Hayworth starrer, “Affair iii Trini- 
dad,” was rapped Jor “suggestive 
lines, costuming and dances.” 

“Don’t Bother to Knock,” a Mari- 
lyn Monroe-Richard Widmark star- 
rer from 20th-Fbx, drew objection 
for “suggestive sequences,” while 
“We’re Not Married,” from the 
same studio, was criticized for its 
“light treatment of marriage.” 
Other B pix were “Nightmare in 
Red China” (Indie) and the Ital- 
ian-made “Sky Is Red” (Realart). 


On the Double 

L.O* Angeles, July 1. 
iSomethlng -unusual in show 
business, a double biU. with 
double credits, is being’ shown 
in three local theatres. 

Films are “Has Anybody 
Seen My Gal?” and “No ]^oom 
for the Groom,” .Both were 
produced' by Ted Richmohd, 
directed by Douglas Sirk and 
written by Joseph Hoffman. 



Eastern Pa. Seen 
Complete Break 

Rift between. Allied States Assn, 
and its “^suspended” afflliatp, Al- 
lied Independent Theatre Owners 
of Eastern Pennsylvania, this week 
took on the appearance of a com- 
plete and final divorce. The East- 
ern Pa, unit of Allied had differ- 
ences with the national org over 
Support of the Council of Motion 
Picture Organizations some time 
ago, leading to its suspension. 

Delivering the blow which makes 
the full disafiiliation apparent was 
Sidney Samuelson, head of Eastern 
Pa,, via a publicly-stated, sharp dis- 
agreement with Wilbur - Snaper, 
prexy of National Allied.' Samuel- 
son, in his most recent organiza- 
tional bulletin, refrained from men- 
tioning Snaper by name. But he 
cited “exhibitor organizations and 
exhibitor leaders” who haVe been 
supporting National Screen Service 
in its monopoly fight with the Dept, 
of Justice. Samuelson sides v'ith 
the Justice Dept. 

Samuelson’s bulletin ' came out 
shortly following the appearance of 
tradepaper ads, iaserted by NSS, 
in which a letter by Snaper criti- 
cizing the Government action was 
reproduced. ^ Snaper. had written 
the letter to^Herman Robbins, NSS 
prez. ‘That Samuelson had Snaper 
in mind as he ''penned Ihe anti-NSS 
bulletin was regarded as an obvious 
conclusion. 

^stice Dept, suit versus NSS 
charges monopolistic practices in 
restraint of trade. 

U Opens Fla. Exchange To 
Ease Atlanta Overload; 
RKO, UA Only ‘Holdouts’ 

With opening by Universal of an 
exchange, in Jacksonville to serv- 
ice state of Florida and parts of 
southern Georgia, RKO and 
United Artists remain the only top 
filmeries without direct represen- 
tation in Florida. With its Atlanta 
exchange overloaded, ‘ Universal 
joined the other companies and 
launched its Florida operation 
last week, with Bufford Styles 
heading the office. Joe Kelly con- 
tinues as head of the Atlanta of- 
fice, which formerly serviced all 
the Florida points., 

Distrib outfits discovered about 
three years ago that their Atlanta 
offices were carrying too heavy a 
burden in servicing both Georgia 
and Florida. Paramount was the 
first to open a separate office 
there, and Warner Bros, and Metro 
(Continued on page 60) 


^Bcn Fish Anni Drive’ 

RKO’s sales push on Samuel 
Goldwyn product during the 
months of July and August will be 
titled “Ben Fish 30th Anniversary 
Drive,” in honor of the producer’s 
brother. Fish, in the industry for 
30 years, is a CJoldwyn sales rep. 
Drive will be for Goldwyn's re- 
cent products, consisting of “En- 
chantment,” “My Foolish Heart,” 
“Edge of Doom,” “Our Very Own” 
and “I Want You.” 


Industry execs conjectured this 
week that the upcoming film trade 
practices probe by the Senate Small 
Business Committee could possibly 
lead anywhere, from a beneficial 
exemption from some dictates of 
the anti-trust laws to some sort of 
Government-appointed .public serv- 
ice commission to oversee exhib- 
distrib business conduct. 

Tx'adesters said there’s been an 
absence of official advice from the 
Senate group on the likely course 
of its investigation, other than that 
hearings will be conducted in some 
key cities, beginning in Xyos Ange- 
les, in the fall. There have been 
no statements oh wKo'll be called 
to testify at these sessions, and 
what line of interrogation will he 
followed. 

However, some execs figure th^t 
the probers will be In search of 
problems besetting small indie ex- 
hibs. According, to one highly- 
placed film man, the Senate quiz- 
zees will find that -Vhat’s now le- 
gal under the courts’ interpreta- 
tion of the trust laws results in eco- 
nomic hardships fox; theatre pwners 
and distributors alike. No one likes 
competitive bidding or the quick 
playoff of pictures, but the.se con- 
tinue in practice as a direct result 
of the Court orders.” He added 
that the small exhibs as well as 
well-heeled circuit, ops suffer from 
the bidding and rapid playoffs. 

Vneound .Conduct 

Thus, it’s reasoned, if pi’actices 
demanded by the anti-trust statutes 
are found to lead ‘to otherwise un- 
sound business conduct which hurts 
the film trade and the public as 
well, some changes in the law 
might result. 

On the other hand, some indie 
ops have been sugB<^sting a Gov- 
ernment commission to the extent 
that curbs wopld be imposed on the 
amounts of- rentals coin demanded 
by the dlstribs, similarly as a pub- 
lic utility^ outfit’s rates are fixed. 

It appears as extremely remote 

(Continued on page 14) 

NameWm. Ziminerman Aide 
To Robt Mbchrie at RKO 
On ‘Special Problems' 

Complete dependence of top 
sales execs on constant legal ad- 
vice under present distribution re- 
strictions is further evidenced in 
the upping of William Zimmerraan 
this 'sveek to assistant to Robert 
Mochrie, v.p. and general sales 
manager of RKO, The post is a 
new one. 

Zimmerman is a lawyer who has 
been with RKO fojr 18 years. He 
has beeh functioning as an exec 
in the sales department since 1946, 
specializing in pi'oblems created by 
selling under regulations imposed 
by the consent decree. His new 
title actually will mean little 
change in function, but is recogni- 
tion of his service and will give 
him more authority and scope. 

Zimmerman’s duties will con- 
tinue to be those of attorneys At- 
tached to most sales departments. 
These include helping to" formu- 
late distribution policies with legal 
aspects in mind, resetting of exhi- 
bition policies in towns upset by 
bidding or run changes, detei'min- 
ing on multiple runs and numerous 
factors concerned with bidding. 

Zimmerman is a graduate of Am- 
herst College and Harvard Law 
School. 

Balaban Lists 38,500 
Par Shares With SEC , 

Washington, July 1. 

Barney Balaban, president of 
Paramount, has registered 38,500 
shares of Par common stock with 
the Securities & Exchange Com- 
mission for trading on the New 
York Stock Exchange. Stock is 
owned by Balaban and his wife. 

Registration is a legal require- 
ment and does not necessarily 
mean that Balaban, who is now in 
Europe, has intentions of any im- 
mediate selling. 


■vui . wnnoEWS 


July 2 


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Kiy B^If er ifta*.e tel- 

9*<5k Jtupeplc; iui^ltee 

Warner Bros, production and release. 
Stars Ray Bolder; features AUyn McLerie, 
Robert Shackleton, .Horace .Cg>per, Mary 
Germaine, Ma^aretta ^ott, Ji^ward Ma^ 
rlon Crawford. XHreet^ by 
ler. Screenplay, John Moilks, Jr,, 
on musical pl»y of »■*"* v ‘“t*' 
and. .lyrics, I^ank Loesaer; ^eortt. 

Abbott; camera (Tephnicolor), Erwin HU- 
ller; editor, Reilnald- MUla: “"f 

production nunlbers, Michael Kidd, musi 
cal director, Louis Levy. Previewed in 
New Yorlt June 17? '32, Running time, 
f-7 MINS, * 

Charlev , Bplger 

AUyn McLerie 

Jack . Robert SMbkleton 

viti V * ’ * Mao'' Germaine 

fipettigue •y;**®*'***,* 

Xtona Lucia Matgaretta Scott 

Sir Francis Howard Marion Cr^iord 

Brassett Henry Hewitt 

wnidnson H. G. Stoker 

Photographer .Martin MUler 

Warner Bros, has'a winner in its 
Technicolor jCilmusical version of 
'‘Where’s Charley?” Based on the 
Broadway musical success, tunefilm 
emerges as a gay spoof and delight- 
ful romp. It's appeal is universal, 
having entertainment values for old 
and young, for sophisticates as well 
as naive. It should prove Warners’ 
big money-maker of the year. ' 
Duplicating his legit triumph in 
the lead, Ray Bolger terps, clowns 
and warbles in a heart-winning, in- 
gratiating manner. A first-class 
ifcrper, and a .comedian with (great 
sense of timing, he also handles the 
Frank Loesser tunes competently, 
despite a limited set of pipes. His 
singing of “Once in liOve With 
Amy” comes olf as fresh and ap- 
pealing as it did on the stage. It’s 
gecko. 

Also on hand from the original 
Broadway cast is Allyn McLerie, as 
Amy, Bolger’s vls-a-vls. Femme 
shares the terp-tune duties with 
Bolger perfectly, and appears 
headed for big things in pix. (War- 
ners signed her' to .a longterm pact 
as result of this plc)< Horace 
Cooper, a 70-year-old trouper nuk- 
ing his film debut, and Robert 
Shackleton are also holdovers from 
the original cast. 

Story, based on Brandon Thomas’ 
hardy perennial, “Charley's Aunt,” 
is pure corn, but com of the 
tongue-in-cheek type. Well-known 
faix:ial yarn presents Bolger, as 
Charley, and Shaclcletbn, as Jack, 
as mommates at Oxford back in 
the Victorian era. Expecting the 
arrival of Charley’s rich, widowed 
aunt from Brazil, Dona Lucia d’Al- 
vadorez (Margaretta Scott), they in- 
vite their gals, Amy (Miss McLerie) 
and Kitty (Mary Germaine) to their 
rooms. Unexpected delay of the 
aunt’s arrival leaves the boys with- 
out a chaperone, apparently a fate 
worse than death In those days. 

In a spot, Bolger dons a feminine 
costume and poses as his aunt. 
Further complications arise With 
the arrival of Spettlgu'e (Horace 
Cooper), uncle of Amy and 
, guardian of Kitty, and Sir Francis 
Ghesney (H. Marion Crawford), 
Jack’s father. Learning of Dona 
Lucia s wealth, both ' oldsters 
ardently woo the disguised Bolger, 
leading to a series of hilarious com- 
edy situations. Highlight laugh- 
wise in the wooing campaign is the 
scene in the ladies’ dressing room 
between Bolger and Cooper. Latter 
scores as an old roue on the make. 

Story and musical numbers are 
blended expertly. Filmed at the 
Warner studio in England and on 
location at Oxford U.. pic encases 
t tunes, most familiar be- 

mg Once in Love With Amy,” “My 
J^rllng” and “Make a Miracle.” 
JLne John Monks, Jr., screenplay 
folloM's the George Abbott stage 
book closely David Butler, mark- 
ing his 35th annl in films, cele- 
brates auspiciously with crisp, in- 
telligent direction. 

Predominantly British chorus 

verve and 

spark in the tune-terp production 
numbers. Supporting cast is also 
firsteate. Shackleton is properly 
handsome as Jack and handles the 
love ballads nicely. Miss Germaine, 
a blonde, English looker, is an okay 
ingenue. ^ Miss Scott and Cooper 

® performances. 

Erwm Hiller s Technicolor cam- 
eras show the players, backgrounds 
and costumes to advantage, and 
other technical aspects are on the 
si de. • 

Ganzer In for Herbert 
On Windup of ‘Island’ 

Hollywood. July 1 . 
Paramount upped Alvin Ganzer 
from first assistant to full director- 
ship, and assigned him as a re- 
placement for F. Hugh Herbert as 
director of “Pleasure Island.” 

was stricken suddenly 
and taken to a hospital in Santa 
Monica, where he will remain for 
pveral weeks. Ganzer has about 
two weeks of shooting to do on 
Island.” 




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Hollywood, .Jun« 27. 

M-G-M r«l«aM ot I>or« iSkhafV Jpvoduc- 
tlon* Star** Vaii Johnaon^ NWl# 

Loul* Calhern; feature* Sidney Blacknier, 
Philip Ober. Patricia Collin**, Moroni Ol- 
aen, Fllzabelh Patteraon. Reinhold Schun- 
2*1. Written and directed by Robert yi-l 
rbah; camera, John Alton; ^editor*, John) 
Piinnin*. John Durant; mUakj, -Conradi 
Salin'ger. Rrpviewod Juna 18, *32, Itun*. 
nln* lima, it MIMS. 

Joseph T. Greshajn Van Johnson 

Alice TClnkaly .Patricia Neal 

Charles W. BlrcK Louis Calhem 

Philip Emery .Sidney BlacKmerl 

Gilbert Nuhnally. ..Philip Ober 

Miss Galbreth Patricia ColUntfe 

Speaker Moroni Olsen 

Miss Dee Elizabeth Patterson 

Peter Krallk Reinhold Schuniel 

Caswcli .Fay Roope 

Bin Holmby Dan Riss 

Mrs. Varlck Joan Banks 

John Sheldon Raymond Greenleaf, 

Rodney Delwlck ^.Gregory Marshallj 

Seovefnry Perry Sheehan 

Mr. Vvatkins, Mailman. Jimmie 'Fox 

Mrs. BIroh ...Katharine Warren 


The current election year hub- 
bub and nation^ capital ^tting 
may ptove of help to “Washington 
Story’s” chances. It manages to be; 
fairly agreeable Aim entertain- 
ment most of the time, although! 
way overboard on talk, and shapes 
to passable possibilities in regular 
release. • ^ ^ 

Van Johnson aii.d Patricia Neal 
provide the boy-mects-^rl angle 
which Robert Pirosh has develojied 
rather obviously in his 'screen 
story. Just as obvious is Pirqsh’s 
Attempt to make a .case for elected 
representatives and against politi- 
cal commentators who sensational- 
ize bribery and other Government 
corruption. This signlAcance. would 
have been strenj^hened^ Aad he 
used more objectivity and less 
rancor in stating the case. 

Johnson is a boyish Congress- 
man who is the target of Philip 
Ober, columnist whom the solon 
is suing for slander. Miss Neal 
plots' with Ober to get something!] 
on the Congressman, using the‘ 
ruse that she plans a seil» of 
article.s showing Con^esainen .in a 
favorable light as hard-working,’] 
lionerf representatives of the 
pie. It’s no surprise that the ^close ' 
as.'Jociation necessary for the ar- 
ticles convinces her that Johnson 
is true-blue, and at the Anale she 
supports him when he votes 
a.crainst his home town on an issue 
of national importance 

Pirosh 's direction guides the 
story thi'ough scenes designed to 
.show Congress and its various 
committees in action. On this 
score, film does help to enlighten 
the public on . the behind-the- 
scenes work that goes on in the 
national capital. The Dore Schary 
nroduction also furnishes a tour- 
Ist’.s eye-view of the cimital and its 
buildings, but producuon and di- 
rection miss on giving the film 
sto'w quality: 

Trouping is agreeably paced to 
answer the not-too-exacting de- 
mands of the script. Johnson and 
Mi.’^S Neal make a pleasant team, 
and there are a number ot other 
'I'ood performances to help carry 
the picture.. Louis Calhern shows 
up excellently as a Republican 
Congressman who furnishes John- 
son with a friendly rival. Sidiiey 
Blackmcr is good gs a lobbyist. 
Ober, with nasal-toned speech, 
thin mustache and thinning hair, 
'^ets over a portrayal of a news- 
naper-radio commentator constant- 
ly attacking Governmental . mis- 
deeds. Others provide acceptable 
sunoort. 

Technical assists • are well-val- 
ued. including John Alton’s Icnsing 
of the Washington scene and play 
ers. Brog. 

Barbed Wire 

(SONGS) 


Above-average Gene Autry 
oatuncr; okay for western film 
spots. 


Columbia r^leaa* of Gene Autry pro- 
duction. Star® Autry, Directed by 
George Archainbaud. Screenplay. Gerald 
Gera.^hty; camera, WllUam Bradford: edl- 
or, Jamca Sweeney; mualc. MUcha Baka- 
clnikoff. Tradeshown in N. Y., June 27, 
52 . Runnln* time, 41 MINS. 

Autry Gene Autry 

„®«ttram .Pat Buttram 

»aj Kendall Anne James 

TInele .l^ohn Copeland ... .William Fawcett 

. te\e Riittledge Leonard Penn 

Au.?ust Gormlpy Michael Vallon 

”«! 7 y Terry Frost 

Clayton .Moore 

Ed Parker..? Edwin Parker 

Handley .Sandy Sanders 


This Gene Autry oatuner is one 
of his better western efforts. It 
! h,';s the singing cowboy balladist 
. in more action and more plausible 
I .‘^'Illations than usual. Pic will be 
i ok-y where oatoperas are liked. 

Yarn spots Autry as a cattle 
buyer who finds that his source of 
.'supply for steers in Texas .has 
dried up. He learns that a feud 
between new homesteaders and 
! cattlemen in^ the Lone Star state 
has resulted in the former actually 
forcing .the big. cattle owners to 
, ri-nn running their herds up north 
; to 'vansas and Nebraska, 

Further delving by Autry shows 
4 that it’s more than just a range 


Lov# Allflir 

“’ifttyii Love Affair/’ • ’ 
.Britlah-rtu4(fe film 
the Beacon and Mldtowii. Th** 
ateea, N. IT., today (Wed,). WM- 
reviewed in Variet.Y. ApCll 
1947 under its .original 
of “The Courtneys of Curzon ' 
St.” Snader Productions is dis- 
tributing the- Anna Neagle- 
Michael Wilding .sitarrer in . 
the 0. S. 

Yarn deals wifh R, man Who 
married ' beneath him'. ' But- 
'yvhile Miss Neagle is known 
to American aiiaieitces. Cane 
observed, “no film mere Biit- 
ish in style . Sfid... sentiment 
ever has crosse'd the Atlantic. 
It may pall Xor a special brand 
of salesmanship.” 


Abl 


(Ltnie Ijont ei:#fy 
(HEWAN) 

(SmK0 . 

• Mexloe ORy, June 24, 

ProduCcioM# jCaeariMr 
I'eleaa*. Stara F*dro Infatitc-^and Sai'ita 
Motttlcl; feature* Armando Sllyeatre; Ri- 
cardo E. Gonzalc*, Jose 'PUlldo. Directed 
by Miguel Zacariaa. Screenplay, Alvaro 
Galvex y Euente*, Pauline Mk»1PJ *«»-' 
era, Gabriel Figaeroa;-^- gfiuaic. 

Eaperoh. At ^ne Palacl* 

City. Running time, 9S MlWf. , 



war, and that Leonard, Penn, rich* 
ranch owner, has. dreams of .b.uild-| 
ing a railroad oyer the land that; 
he and his henchmen have claimed; 
as homestead plots, Thete -un-j 
relenting work in fencing oft huge| 
areas of land with barbwire pre-| 
vents the range men from driving, 
their cattle north to the markets. 

Autry uncovers the plot and; 
thwarts Penn and his gang -after a ; 
gunfight and several rounds of 
■fistic^s. 

Autry is his customary cowboy.' 
self here. He chips in with two,] 
good tunes, “Mexacali Hope” .and 
“Old Buckaroo,” with his ballad- ii 
ing worked in more easily than, in 
some recent pIx. Pat Buttram,- as- 
his friend and U. JS. Government 
land agent, supplies the comedy ] 
relief. Lone femme is Anne 
James, who goes 'through the mo- 
tions of being a weekly newspaper 
editor. Penn is sufficiently con- 
niving as the wealthy ranchman j 
who sets up the: phoney .home- 
steaders. in order to get land for 
hi* planned rail line. William 
Fawcett heads a stahdard support 
cast, 

Armand Schaefer has given the 
film sufficient production, while 
George Archainbaud directs with 
intelligence. Gerald Geraghty’s 
story has a few unusual angles for 
a cowboy -thriller. William Brad,- 
fprd’-s lens job is okay, while 
.Tames Sweeney has edited sharp- 
ly. Wear. 


Ble SHe»4lfge 

(The Border of Sin) 
(GERMAN) 

Paris, June 24^ 

CCC release of R. A. Stemml* produc- 
tion. Stara Dieter Borsch, Inge Egger. 
Written and .directed hy R, A. Stemtnlc. 

S amcra, Igor Oberger; editor, Walter 
Gskosky. At Marbecuf, Paris, June 16, 
'32. Runnin'g time, 9« MIN*. 

Hana .Dieter Borsch 

Miarianne ..............i,..*.,. Jnge Egger 

Ki'app...... ....Jan Hendriks 

Use Ise CoUende 


Pic is late in its theme of the 
delinquents left in the wake of the 
war. Made simply and directly, 
it has some stirring scenes and 
some interesting moppet treat- 
ment. In general, the film has 
only language-spot opportunity in 
U. S. 

Film unfolds in. a border Ger- 
man town where poverty leads the 
children into wholesale smuggling 
with the full sanction of the par- 
entS^T In this group is a girl who 
is supposing her family with the 
father in jail. Into this comes an 
idealist teacher who. wants to study 
and remedy these pitiful condi- 
tions. Here the vehicle falls into 
a conventional love affair and 
blunts the originality of locale 
and theme. 

There are some fine scenes as 
the children scoot across the Sieg- 
fried line and some hairbreadth 
moments as they scoot under on- 
coming trains to evade the customs 
men. Direction is- good in a jour-', 
ni^listic way but dbps not get into 
the dramatic core of the story. 

Dieter Borsch can’t do much with 
the vague roljc of the teacher. 
Inge Egger shows promise as the 
snauggler with a case of conscience, 
while Jan Hendriks, is properly 
ruthless as the gangleader and 
seductor. Lensing shows limited 
budget in its murkiness. Editing 
is fine and helps build the best 
moments of chase and escape in 
the film. Moppet work is fine. 

Mosk, 


Secret FlIgHt 

“Secret Flight,” a British 
import which preems today 
(Wed.) at the Beacon and Mid- 
town Theatres, N. Y., was re- 
viewed from Hollywood by 
Variety in the issue of Oct. 3, 
1951. Sir Ralph Richardson 
stars in this * Two Cities-J. 
Arthur Rank production. 

In appraising the film, Whit 
thought that “American thea- 
tregoers will find little to in- 
trigue them . . . film is about 
as old hat as anything which 
has come out of the Isles in 
years, everything about it 
being dated.” Story concerns 
British scientists developing 
radar. Union Film Distributors 
is releasing in the U. S. 


This i* * Mexican western with 
ballading. But it i« good enteT- j 
tainmeut, the curxent film pllck 
here. Starring Pedro Ihfainte, who 
is 'tailor-made for the top role^ a 
typical cowboy, quick on the draw 
and lover of women,, cards ahd Te- 
ligion. He sells three songs In his 
characteristic humorous style. Sa- 
nta Montiel, Spanish singer- 
dancer, also socks over a couple of 
tunes. 

Miguel Zacarias does well in- 
deed as producer, adaptater and 
dif^or. He get* much out of the 
comedy drama of everyday Mexi- 
can ranch .life, of another day, 
withoutehaying to drag in the sor- 
did. Stress is on fun and action. 
The ' st^ecoach holdup is handled 
with high comedy* 

Miss MoRtiel comes to Mexico 
to claim an,,i;iherttance and, after 
the usual complications, falls in 
love with Infante. He chase* her;, 
but yam winds up by her chasing 
him! Topper here in vaude, niter- 
ies and on radio, she has great 
pipes and also can dance. Her 
acting in this Is surprisingly good. 

Much of the pic’s charm is due 
to lensing by Gabriel FigueroW, 
many time* winner of Mexican 
prize*. Doug. 


Martto £ Moglie 
(HuslMuid and Wife) 
(ITALIAN) 

• Genoa, June 24. 

RKO relcaaat of CoatcUaRoiie' yroauc- 
tion. Star* Eduardo DcFRlppe, Tina Pica, 
Titina DeTilippo, Luciana Vadovelll. Di- 
rected by IMuardo DeFilippo. Screen- 
play, DeFiUppo, Diego Fabbr^ '•nd Turl 
Vaaila from “Tonio," by Guy. DcMailpas-jl 
aaat and a. play by IBduardo da FIUpjm; v 
camara.' Enzo SaiaSn. and Ludovlca nr | 
vonl; mualc, Nino Rota; editor, Gisa Ra- 
dicchi-Levl. At Nuovo Odcori; G6noa. 
•Running iime, ’•I MIM*. 

Tonio 

Tonio'. . Eduardo de Filippo 

Hi* Wife ;...Tln* Ac* 

Genarlnlelle 

Genariniello jEduardo DeFilipp* 

Hi* Wife Titina DeFJHppo 

Girl Next Door . .Lucian* Vedovcili 


matter' how skillful fu 


photographer, editor or 


common. 


Twin-episode item shape* as 
slow-moving local fare,, with sli^t- 
ly better chances abroad. Might 
do as mild art house entry in U. S. 

Based on a Maupassant tale, the 
first story tells of a paralyzed and 
bedded husband whose wife has 
near-fanatic love for chickens. To 
utilize her henpecked spouse’s bed- 
time, she blackmails him into a 
chicken-hatching scheme in which 
he’s to do the hatching. Threat- 
ened with starvation, he agrees, and 
with the whole village waiting ap- 
prehensively, the chicks are ^ally 
born, . eyeryohe agreeing it’s a 
miracle. 

In the second featurette, adapted 
by DeFilippo- from -his play, “Gen- 
ariniello,” he teams with his real- 
life sister Titina in a Neapolitan 
love triangle. True understanding 
and affection of his wife finally 
end a family fight over her mate’s 
middleaged fiirtation with the girl 
next, door, .Stories are simple, but 
acquire depth via characterization. 
Opener, has richer story value, 
comes off better than the alimmer, 
more obvious follOwup. Both are 
too long. 

DeFilippo’s direction is uneven, 
sometimes overstatic, and he often 
lets his actors get out of hand. 
Technical credits 'are okay, with 
Nino Rota’s music in tune with 
story and setting. Hawk. 


Gottlieb, Rose Huddle 
On ‘Broadway’ Pic Plans 

Indie producer Alex Gottlieb and 
Billy Rose began huddles in New 

York this week to map plans for 
the lensing of “Tales of Broadway.” 
)Pic, to be based on four stories au- 
thored by Rose, is next on Gott- 
lieb’s sked. He arrived in Gotham 
from the Coast Monday (30) for the 
confabs. 

' Meanwhile Rose, who has an- 
nounced plans to enter indie film 
production, states he’s going strict- 
ly solo with the project, that is, re- 
fraining from any financing or dis- 
tribution deals. Legit producer ac- 
quired rights to “Carmen Jones” 
from Oscar Hammerstein,' 2d, and 
revealed he'll produce it with an 
all-Negro cast. 


fator, fight films can be no bettw 
than the bout- itself. That prove! 
•all' too .Evidimt in. the currents 
available 2a-minute reel on the 

Wednesday (15)..= - ’ ' last 

There is ho more than mild ev 
^cUement in the tvw reels, although 
there’s a - good- bit of interest 

watching fitri; tiie referee and 
then .Robinson being kayoed bv 
the blistering lfi4-degree heat in 
the ring. -Since, only five rounds 
are jshown, they , are well-selected 
to indicate Robinson’s immediate 
primacy over Maxim in stanza* 
ont and two; the most active of the 
middle rounds (seven): refers* 
Ruby. Goldstein’s “defeat” in the 
tenth (along .with the start in the 
same Tbnnd of Robinson’s wilting) 
and the . final (13th) stanza when 
Robinson llteraflly melts from heat 
exhaustion. 

Joe Roberts, who produced the 
film in association wdth the pro, 
inoters, International Boxing Clnb 
had the ' Ohoice, as in previous 
fights, of eitber 'presenting five full 
!FoUnds,. .or editing clips from all the 
{rounds ( totaling 39 minutes ) down 
to IS .mintites of actual punch< 
jsliitfing. Maximum length for a 
whole film of this type to please 
exbiba juad to make print coeti 
reasonable is .20 minutes. In addi- 
tion ; to the 15 'minutes used up 
by the five full rounds in the pres- 
ent pic, there, are a couple minutei 
of intr^uctlpn at the weighIng-in 
(which -la '=pure waste) and lomt 
interesting Rootage of Goldstein’s 
fadeaway and Robinson's inability 
tb grt off hto itool when the beQ 
for the T4th Taitg. 

•Ciiatomer* Always Groan 

Whether >they wee full rounds, 
as in this iwrrion, or bits and 
picees of rounds, as in some past 
pix, the customers always groan, 
Actually, the' full-round method 
gives a much more accurate over- 
all impression of battle — or lack of 
battle, in this case. The fight could, 
be made to appear to have consid-l 
erabiy . more action 'if only the aei 
tion 'Spot* from each round weis 
selected— but the result would be 
a false picture. Whether it would 
be better commerciidly is another 
question, 

lit this case,, there are audible 
howls ' in theatres when the pic 
jumpii from round two to round 
seven, then to 10 and then to 13, 
ActuMly, from one who witnessed 
the original at Yankee Stadium, 
t^atre customer* are missing 
nothing tv not seeing the in-ber 
tween stanza*. They merely prove 
that Maxim isn’t much of a champ, 
no matter what the final result. 

Particularly commendable in the 
films waa Roberts’ alertness in pick* 
ing UP Goldstein’s fade as the 10th 
round closed. Apparently sensing 
that Ruby had lost his bounce, he 
had his cameraman train on him 
and vcaught the official getting « 
ammonia capsule from the medico 
and then being relieved, with 
Miller coming in to sub for hW, 

■'Except for a few seconds of 
closeup in the last round, all tne 
camera shots are from middle a»" 
tance. That makes for 
monotony that editor Larry Sher- 
man might have eliminated vflW 
some interesting facial closeu» 
BiU 'Chorum's commentary is 
quatc. It is Justifiably sparse, but 
appears to be a bit too much w/ 
the-cuff, as though he were s 
ing the fight pic for the first tlmt 
when his voice was recorded, 
may be' so, as a matter of 
since all emphasis was on sp 
in getting the films Into / 

theatres by 2 p.m. of the day i 
lowing the fray. , . 

Background crowd noises, inc 
dentally, also appear to have h 
dublied in with speed t’ather t 
realism in mind. They go tiP . 
down in volume at wholly ly 
vant times. That’s the 

since, as -has'been PP^tited ou » ^ , 
b.o. value of the it- 

by the intrinsic* of the fig 
self, .rather the 
production. ^ 


All-N.Y, ‘Taxi’ Locale 

Hollywood, July 1' 
For the first time two ye^ 
20th-Fox will make a Piu^,ure en 
ly in New York Film, titled Taxj.^ 
will star Dan Dailey, witl 

“If I come up with a good pic- stance Smith as top 
T» " coiri TJrtco “TMi .'f Original plan was to sho . ^ 

the backgrounds In 
Last-'Fox picture to be J tgefl 
pletely there was Four 

Hours.’^ 


ture,” said Rose, “I’ll open it at ^ 
Ziegfeld Theatre in N. Y. (whi 
he owns) and out of my office take 
care of the booking and exploita- 
tion of the first-run engagements.” 


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fstei 

Product to Dominate FaD Releases 


Tinted action product, apiced| 
iih . Captain Kidd llaTOr, doml- 1 
*‘ 5. thf faU retdaai alatee of 

rS during th« Septertber to De- 
pember atanza are nine pi* de- 
Sd to the derring-do of buc- 
Mneert. Warner Broa. and Coluin- 
i. ha« three pirate plx each 
Sversal follows with two, and 
ffn has a lone entry* The 
Srivateer parade la In keepin^l with 
the desire for many-hued cos- 
tumers stressing action, apparent- 
ly Hollywood’s answer to the 
vInUge black-and-whltera on video. 

Kble in the fall akeds la the 
tact that color is the rule rather 
than the exception. During the 
Seotpmber-December, period some 
of th^- production outfits have only 
one hitw pic listed. Paramount, 
for example, .with eight pix set for 
release during that time, has seven 
in color. Warners slate is the 
same. Metro has seven out of 11, 
Columbia five out of 11, 20th-Fox 
six out of 11, RKO four out of 
seven, U seven out of 11, and UA 
two out of eight. ’ ' . 

Buccaneer Binge 
On the pirate hinge are. the fol- 
lowing films: 

Warners; “The Crimson Pirate,’’ 
itarring Burt Lancaster; “The Iron 
Mistress,” starring Alan- Ladd, and 
"Abbott it Costello Meet Captain 
Kidd.” ' o • . - 

Columbia; “Captain Pirate,” 
“The Golden Horde,” lllmis^ation 
(Continued on page 21) 

<■ 

Varners Revamp 
In Upstate N, Y. 

Albany, July 1. 
Further contraction and revamp- 
ing .of the Warner Theatres upstate 
operations were effected with the 
sale, effective today (Tues.), of the 
Keeney, Regent and Strand in El- 
mira, to John Osborn, of Wheel- 
ing, W. Va,’,- and of the Diana and 
Bark in Medina to Dipson The- 
atres, of Buffalo, and the transfer, 
July 15, of supervision of 'WB 
houses in Clean, • Dunkirk, Hornell 
and Jamestown to the Pittsburgh 
Psborn operates five situ- 
ations in the WheipHng area, ac- 
cording to word here. . 

The theatres being placed under 
the guidance of zone manager 
M. A. Silver in Pittsburgh are now 
directed from Albany by Charles 
A, Sniakwitz. Several women- em- 
ployees in the local . offices ‘ have 
. 80 , Before the bookkeep- 

, 1 , 5 . *1 *ccounting departments 

1 New Haven 

th • 23 worked in 

headquarters. It had 
shiunk recently to seven. 

adHini! ^^^ustry. reports of 

1*' the offiiig. 

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Tie for 'CamivaT Pic 

*>■ . 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Turkey will be the scene of “The 
Carnival Story,” first picture to be 
produced abroad by the King Bros. 
Maury Kihg leaves for Istanbul 
next week to make arrangements 
for a September start. 

Film will be made in cooperation 
with Andfilm, a Turkish company, 
which will put up part of the bank- 
roll. King Bros, will furnish the 
scripts, stars, director and crew. 
While abroad, Maury King will ne- 
gotiate for production of “The 
Giant Killer” in Italy and “The 
Young Toreador” in Spain. 


Lapinere-Bellfort 
Tiff Sees Wailman 
Replacing Former 

Paris, July 1. 

Replacement of Elias Lapinere 
by Carl-Gerhard Wailman as 
RKO’s general sales manager for 
Europe and the Near East cli- 
maxed a long-smoldering situation 
involving a clash of personalities 
between Lapinere and Joseph Bell- 
fort, company’s general manager 
for the European division. Blow- 
up occurred during the recent Con- 
tinental visit of international top- 
per Phil Rcisman, who decided to 
sustain Bellfprt. 

Final decision to shelve Lapinere 
apparently was handed down only 
a. few days ago since as early as 
last week Lapinere had been 
quoted in stories , out of Paris .on 
plans for RKO’s upcoming ' Euro- 
pean sales drive. Furthermore, a 
special “Lapinere Week” Sept. 14- 
21 was to spark the general release 
of top RKO product simultaneously 
in all countries. 

Quick alteration will probably 
be niade, shifting the drive stanta’s 
appellation to “Wailman Week.” 

Wailman, former general man- 
ager for Scandinavia, is a vet of 
.the RKO organization and has the 
longest service record on the Con- 
tinent. He began his industry 
career at RKO's New York ex- 
change, transferring later to the 
homebffice where he handled pub- 
licity and promotion for RKO films 
distributed in Sweden. In 1935, he 
was assigned to organize and man- 
age the RKO „office in Sweden, 
holding that office until his recent 
appointment. 

Lapinere, vet Continental indus- 
stryite, formerly was with Metro 
and Paramount in Europe. He 
joined RKO about four years ago, 
serving as general sales manager' 
as well as pub-ad topper. 

AD-PUB SEMINAR PLAN 
GOTING OKAY IN TRADE 

Idea of an industry seminar to 
concern itself exclusively with the 
trade’s ad-pub operations advanced 
further this week as Robert J. 
O’Donnell and H. A. Cole, key fig- 
ures in Theatre Owners of America 
and Allied’ States Assn., respec- 
tively, got underway with a study 
of its possibilities. 

' Plan originated with Max E. 
Youngsteln, United Artists v.p., 
who .believes the entire industry 
should be apprised of problems be- 
setting the ad-pub department of 
the film companies. He also ex- 
pects that the proposed seminar 
might work out new promotional 
approaches to the public. 

Cole and O’Donnell last month 
hosted the COMPO Showmen of 
Texas conclave in Dallas, where 
standard film ads were rapped by 
actor Ronald Reagan. For that 
reason Youngstein forwarded his 
semiiiar idea tO therm 


No New Reissues Rush Despite Yong’ 
Success; Special Type Seen Needed 

■ , 4 “ 



CUT IN BUDCCT 

Washington, July 1. 

Hollywood will be asked to come 
to the aid of the State Depalt- 
ment’s international picture pro- 
gram which faces a severe cutback 
due to budget reduction. 

Film program, headed by Her- 
bert Edwards, wilt be slashed be- 
tween 30 and 35%. State will in- 
form its Industry advisory panel 
about the rituation and ask for 
suggestions and wlftt assistance 
Motion Picture Assn, of America 
and other branches of the film in- 
dustry can give it. 

Representing theatrical branch 
of plx on the panel are Y. Frank 
Freeman, for the major producers; 
Gunther Lessing, the independents; 
Frank Capra, .motion picture indus- 
try committee; Ned Depinet, 
COMPO; Edmund Reek, the news- 
reels; and John McCarthy, MPAA. 

Non-theatrical members of the 
panel are Gordon Bigger,' Joseph 
McPherson, Peter Mooney, Ralph 
Steetle, Donald White and Walter 
Wittich. 

Congress cut State Dept.'s over- 
seas information program to $86,- 
600,000, instead of voting the $133,- 
272,000 requested by the Adminis- 
tration. Department is pro-rating 
this cut. Thus, the motion picture 
section, which spent about - $10,- 
000,000 during the fiscal year end- 
ing yesterday (Mon.) and whfeh 
asked $10,600,000 for this new fls 
(Continued on page 53) 

Adjourn Ireason Title 
Suit; Exhibition Barred 
Except Current N. Y. Rim 

Hearing for a temporary injunc- 
tion in the suit of author Albert 
E. Kahn .against the film, “High 
Treason,” was adjourned to July 
11, on condition ' that defendants 
will not distribute or exhibit the 
pic anywhere except in the' New 
York City theatre where it is now 
showing. Defendants in the case 
are the J. Arthur Rank Organiza- 
tion, producers of the film; Pace- 
maker Pictures, and Arthur Mayer- 
Edward Kingsley, U. S. distribs of 
the pic. 

Adjournment was granted on 
request of attorney Louis Nizer,- 
repping the Rank organization. 
Nizer told the court that he re- 
quired the time to get affidavits 
from England to dispute Kahn’s 
claims of “unfair competition” in 
the use of the title “High Treason,” 
which is title of t book authored 
by Kahn in 1950. Latter seeks to 
enjoin the Rank outfit and U. S. 
distribs. from using the title. 

Postponement of the hearing, 
okayed Monday (30) by Justice 
(Continued on page 21) 

j 

Berger Beef at Par Star 
TV Competition to Pix B.O. 

Minneapolis, July 1. 

Bennie Berger, Noli;h Central 
Allied president, has taken Para- 
mount to task for “poor foresight 
and judgment?’ in permitting its 
top stars, Bing Crosby and Bob 
Hope, to appear on a free show 
Saturday night at expense of the- 
atres’ boxoffice, as it did in the 
June 21 telethon. 

“Neither my organization nor I 
am averse to the presence of film 
stars on such fund-raising activi-. 
ties as that of. the Olympic games,” 
Berger pointed out. “But it ap- 
pears strange to us that studios 
can’t be more careful in the choice 
of days of the week for such TV 
or radio activities. 

“It seems to us that Paramount 
erred grievously in not insisting 
that the TV marathon be staged 
on a Monday or Tuesday night, 
when it wouldn't have hurt thea- 
tres nearly so much. As it was, 
the film industry probably would 
have been money ahead if it had 
made an outright $1,(K)0,(>()0 dona- 
tion to the fund. 

Show didn’t start in Minneap- 
olis until 10:15 p.m. 


Prep BaU-Arnax Film 
Reissues on TV Success 

Success of th^ husband-and-wife 
team of Desi Arnaz and Lucille 
Ball in the “I Love Lucy” video 
series has prompted two filmeries 
to weigh reissue of films starring 
the principals. 

Columbia is prepping a pack- 
age starring both personalities sep- 
arately. Pix are “Holiday in Ha- 
vana,” starring Arnaz, and "The 
Fuller Brush Girl,” starring Miss 
Ball. 

Being considered by RKO are 
“Look Who’s Laughin’’ and .“Two 
Many Girls,” in both of which Miss 
Ball has a leading role. 

1st Round to RKO, 
AsSimmonsNixed 
On Seeing Books 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Motion to inspect RKO records, 
including Howard Hughes’ Income 
tax, denied by Federal Judge 
Ernest A. Tolin, is regarded as a 
major victory for the studio in the 
case brought by Jean Sinimons 
seeking to prevent studio from 
claiming that she is under con- 
tract. Judge also' quashed a sub- 
poena calling for the records. 
Judge commented' that “there’s a 
tendency in thjs case to forget con- 
tract action. I think we'll find this 
to be a case to be .decided mostly 
on law of contracts.” 

Martin Gang, attorney for Miss 
Simmons and Granger, exploded 
his bombshell demand for a scru- 
tiny of the RKO-Hughes records 
last week to counter clefense con- 
tentions that the plaintiffs came 
into court with “unclean hands” In 
respect to capital gains provisions 
of the . deal. In an affidavit filed 
with the motion to Inspect, Gang 
charged that RKO “has been en- 
gaging in capital gains transactions 
as a lure and bait for- motion pic- 
ture stars for a. considerable pe- 
riod.” He added that Miss Sim- 
mons and Granger “were baited 
into entering into negotiations by 
minds well versed in a cunning 
study of our income tax structure.” 

Gang maintained that the rec- 
ords he sought would establish that 
RKO had made capital transactions 
between itself and Hughes and 
firms in which he was interested, 
and that capital transactions had 
been made with WaUer Kane for 
“services which he Seems to have 
rendered without compensation.” 
Affidavit also charged that the rec- 
ords would show that Milton Pick- 
man violated his “fiduciary rela- 
(Continued on page 20) 


U CAPSULES 40 YRS. 

IN GRATIS ANNI SHORT 

“Then and Now,” a nine-minute 
short giving a capsule history of 40 
years of Universal throifgh ex- 
cerpts from the studio's top pic- 
tures, will be released shortly by 
the company^ Pic starts with a clip 
of the first film ever made by the 
studio and ends with a segment of 
its current biggie, “The World in 
His Arms.” 

Company has not yet set a dis- 
tribution policy, but it appears un- 
likely that it will attempt to Sell 
the footage. Feeling is that U will 
let exhibs have the short gratis, 
hoping that it will serve as a trailer 
for “Arms/’ 

Footage contains clips of both 
silent films and talkers, and in- 
cludes scenes from “All Quiet on 
the Western Front,” “Phantom of 
the "Opera,” “My Man Godfrey,” 
etc. 


Current success of RKO’s 18- 
year-old reissue, “King' Kong,” has 
created no new rush to film vaults 
by other companies. Considerably 
larger number of re-releases are 
being sent out this year than last — • 
when there were almost none — ^but 
most of them were set prior to the 
“King Kong” showing. 

Past six months had already seen 
a careful combing of film libraries, 
but present experience has made it 
evident that product for reissue 
must have some exploitation value. 
RKO proved that not only, with 
“Kong,” but with Walt Disney’s 
“Snow White,” which caught fire 
recently In Its third time Around, 
Film distribs are unanimous that 
to achieve above-average success 
with an oldie t^y require a pi^ 
that is unusual, of sensational an^ 
gles, or both and which lends Itself 
to a hard-hitting bally drive. Bpth 
“Kong” and “Snow White” fit those 
categories. In addition,' they ap- 
pealed to a completely hew gen- 
eration for whom the plx were 
completely novel. Sans the unusual 
or sensational angle, it ie doubted 
that these pix would have scored as 
greatly as they did. 

Conversely, it’s pointed out that 
RKO would not have hit the bulls- 
eye if it had not backed “Kong',' 
and “Snow White” with an exploi- 
tation drive usually reserved for a 
first-run “A” pic, Company shelled 
out a reported $50,000 in five ex- 
change areas to launch “Kong,”, 
concentrating heavily on TY and 

(Continued on page 20) 


Rank U Stock Coin 
Into Genl Fund 

London, July 1. 

I Sterling equivalent of the "ap- 
proximate $2,700,000 which .T, 
Arthur Rank is receiving for his 
Universal Pictures., stock is going 
into the treasury of his General 
Cinema Finance Corp. It will be 
used for general purposes, which 
means it will go a considerable way 
toward reducing the Rank empire's 
outstanding indebtedness. 

Most of the coin "is understood 
already to have been paid, which 
brought it under the •wire to be 
credited to GCFC’S 1951-52 fiscal 
year accounts. Fiscal period ended 
last Friday (27). Statement for the 
year, which should be much im- 
proved by the cash resulting from 
the U deal, will be issued in Sep- 
tember or October. 

The dollar payment by Decca 
Records for the U shares auto- 
matically goes into the British 
Treasury’s dollar account. Bank of 
England, in turn, credits Rank with 
sterling. That’s normal procedure, 
unless any British dollar-earner 
can demonstrate to the Treasury 
that expenditiRe or investment of 
U, S. receipts wiH, earn a further 
substantial number' of dollars. 
Rank made no effort along that 
dine. 


Rackmil Back From Coast 

Milton R. Rackmil, prez of Decca, 
returned to New "York from “ the 
Coast last night (Tues,), He had 
been there about a week, working 
frequently at the U studio on a 
TV film project. 

His plan is to remain east no-w 
until after U’s annual stockholders 
meeting next Tuesday (8) and 
the company’s board meeting dur- 
ing the ensuing week. He’s slated 
to be elected a director and then 
named prexy of U. 

** - - -I 

Time* Call for *Cry’ 

“Cry the Beloved Country," 
which United Artists is distribut- 
ing for Lopert Films, is back to 
that original title. 

Following some engagements, 
the pic had been given a differ- 
ent label, “African Fury.” Reason 
for the switchback, it’s said, is to 
stress to the public that the film 
is based on the Alan Paton best 
seller which carried Ate . . 
title. 


Ol 


vievittv ciitossES 






M, Itobin Hood’ 


Los Angeles, July 1. 

With three money pix among 
new bills, firstrrun boxoffice • is 
perking up this week. Story of 
Hobln Hood," in two theatre^, is 
taking a smash $33,000 while 
“Lydia Bailey" looks nifty $20,000 
also in two houses, being especially 
strong downtown. 

"Anybody Seen My Gal wi^ 
“No Room for Groom" well sold, 
is heading for sock $23,000 m three 
spots, .two being small .bouses, 
“Winning Team" shapes mild $22,~ 
000 or near in three locations. Pop- 
scale run of "My Son John is 
fairly okay $8,000 in two^ sites. 
“Models, Inc." is slim $14,000 for 
six days in four houses. 

"Pat and Mike” looms nice 
$10,000 in two sites for second 
week. "Man in White Suit con- 
tinues neat in fifth round at Fine 

‘ Estimaiet for This Week 

Los Angelesr Chinese, Loyola, 
Kitx (FWC) (2.097; 2,040; 1,248| 
1,370; 70-$1,10 )— “Models, toe. 
(Mutual! and Taba:^" (Rep). 
Slim $14,000. in 0 days. Last week, 
LA, Chinese, Uptown, Loyola, 
“River" (UA) and "Red Planet 
Mars" (UA), $25,500. Holds at U^ 
town for second week for Ught 
$4,500, including m.o. to Vogue 
(FWC) (885; 70-90), 

Hollywood, Downtown, Wilier 
(WB) (2,756; l.'75'?;„2,344; 70-$l.lQ) 
—"Winning Team" ,(WB). ^^Mild 
$22,000 or near. Last week, "Stonn 
Over Tibet" (Col) and "Red Snow" 
(Col), only $14,000. 

Loew'B State, Egyptian (UATC) 
(2,404; 1,538; 70-$1.10) — "Pat and 
Mike" (M-G) and “Kough, Tough 
West" (Col) (Loew'f only) (2d wk). 
Nice $18,000. Last week, $25jKX); 

Hillitreet, Pantages (RKO) 
42,752; 2,812; 70-$1.10) — "Story 
Robin Hood" (RKO) and "Water 
Birds" (RKO), Smash $33,000. 
Last week, "Outcast Islands” (UA) 
and "Confidence Girl” (UA), $16,- 
400. 

Log Angeles Paramount, Wllshlre 

(UPT-FWC) (3,300; 2,296; 7(L$1.10) 
— "Lydia Bailey" (20th) and 
“Fighting Rats Tobruk" (LA. Par 
only); Nifty $28,000. Last week, 
LA. Paramount. Hawaii, "Walk 
East on Beacon" (Coll and "Mon- 
tana Territory” (Col) (2d wk), $15,- 
500. Wilshire, "Ivory Hunter" (U) 
(5th wk), $1,500. 

Hawaii, Rialto (G8cS-Metropoli- 
tan) (1,106; 840; 65-$1.10)— "My 
Son John" (Par) and "One Big Af- 
fair” (UA) (Rialto only). Okay 
$9,000. Rialto subsequent-run last 
\V6C}c 

United Artists, Hollywood Para- 
mount, Four Star (UATC-F&M) 
(2,100; 1,430; 900; 70-$1.10)— "Any- 
body Seen My Gal” (U) and, "No 
Room for Groom" (U). Sock $23,- 
000 or close. Last week^ UA, Hol- 
l 3 ^ 0 od Par, "Scarlet imgel" (U) 
and "Just Across Street" (U) (2d 
wk-3 days), $3,200. Four Star, 
“Encore" (Par) (8th wk), $2,900. 

Fine Arts (PWC) (679; 80-$1.20) 
—"Man in White Suit" (U) (5th 
wk). Neat $3,800. Last week, 
$4,300. 

Canon (ABC) (520; $1.20)— "Na- 
vajo" (Lip). Fair $2,700. Last 
week, "Prize" (Indie) (5th wk), 
$ 1 , 000 . 


Rain Helps Hub; ‘Heart’ 
Nice 16G, ‘Scaramouche’ 
Trim 2716, rigbter’,12G 

Boston, July 1. •* 
Rainy Sunday helped "Scara- 
mouche" at Orpheum and State 
and “Wild Heart" at Memorial but 
other downtown majors are rela- 
tively slow here currently. "Cali- 
fornia Conquest" at Met and "The 
Fighter" at Paramount and Fen- 
way looks on the sluggish side. 
"Encore" at Exeter is holding fair- 
ly well in third frame. 

Estimates for This Week 
^ Astor (B&Q) (1,500; 50-95)— "Sal- 
ly and St. Anne"'(U). Opened to- 
day (Tues.). Last week, "Outcast 
of Islands” (UA) wound 2d wk- 
10 days), slim $5,500. 

Beacon Hill (Beacon Hill) (682; 
50-90) — "Tomorrow Too Late" 
(Burstyn) (6th wk). Off to $2,400 
following fine $3,700 for fifth. 

Boston (RKO) (3,000; 40-85)— 
“Just Across the Street" (U) and 
“Oriental Evil” (Indie) split with 
“Comanche Territory" (U) and 
“Tomahawk" (U) (reissues). Slen- 
der $6,500. Last week, "Red River" 
(UA) and "Tulsa” (UA) (reissue), 
$7,000. 

Exeter (Indie) (1,300; 60-80)— 
“Encore" (Par) (3d wk). Off to 
(Continued on page 22) 


Broadway Grosses 


Estimated Total Gross 

This Week $441,596 

(Based- on 19 theatres) 

Last Year : .$482,80$ 

(Based, on 17 theatres) 


‘Oove’ ^nooth 

$S,l)00 in Omaha 

Omaha, July 1. 

Despite the heat ' and rain, 
"Green Glove" looks smooth at the 
Omaha this session. "Kangaroo” 
paired with "Oklahoma Annie" at 
Orpheum started out fairly good. 
"Clash By Night" held up well in 
its ‘second week at the Brandeis. 
The State’s "Red Mountain” shapes 
sturdy. 

Estimates for This Week 

Omaha (TristateS) (2,100; 16-70) 
—"Green Glove" (UA) and "Mu- 
tiny" (UA). gimooth $8,000. Last 
week, "Lion and Horse" (WB) and 
"Hoodlum Empire" (Rep), $6,500. 

Orpheum (Xrisiatesl (3,000; 16- 
70) — ^"Kangai^"' (20fh) and "Okla- 
homa Anme" (Rep), Good $9,000,’ 
Last week, "Lydia Bailey" (20th) 
and "Slaughter Trail" (RKO), ditto. 

State (Goldberg) (865; 25-75) 
"Red Mountain" (Par) and ^"Tomor- 
row is Another Day" (WB). Good 
$5,000. Last week, "Wild North” 
(M-G) (2d wk) and "Two Dollar 
Bettor" (Realart), $3,800. 

Branded (RKO) (1.500; 16-70) — 
"Qastu By Night" (RKO) (2d wk). 

[.Still solid at $5,500. Last week, 
$6,500. 


‘Scaramouche’ Wow 19G 
Leading L’ville; lydia’ 
Fair $9,500, Bronco’ 6G 

Louisville, July 1. 

Biggest noise of cunfent week is 
"Scaramouche" at Loew’s State, 
smash $19,000. This is something 
to shout about in the midst of 99 
degree' weather which has the town 
almost on the ropes. Rialto is 
doing fairish with "Lydia Bailey” 
while the Mary Anderson with 
‘"Sound Off” looks brisk.. 
Estimates, for This Week 

Kentucky (Switow) (1,000; 54- 
75) — "Bronco Buster" (U) and 
"Scarlet Angel" (U), Okay $4,000 
or near. Last week, "Atomic City" 
(Par), $3,000. 

Mary Anderson (People’s) (1,200; 
54-75)— "Sound Off" (Col). Good 
$6,000. I>ast week, "3 for Bed- 
room C" (WB) $5,500. 

Rialto (Fourth Avenue) (3,000; 
54-75)— "Lydia Bailey" (20th) and 
"Peek - A - Boo” (20th). Fairish 
$9,500. Last week, "King Kong” 
(RKO) and "Leopard Man” (RKO) 
(reissues), $9,000. 

State (Loew’s) (3,000; 54-75) — 
"Scaramouche” (M-G). Overrid- 
ing hot spell for sock $19,000. 
Last week, "Pat and Mike” (M-G) 
and "Lady Says No" (UA), $18,000. 

Strand (FA) (1,200; 54-75)' — 
"Half Breed" (RKO) and "Target” 
(RKO). Medium $4,500. Last 
week, "Frontier Gal” (Indie) and 
"Canyon Passage" (Indie) (re- 
issues), about same. 


Port. Porb; ‘ClisF Fast 
$12,000, ‘Skirts’ lOG, 2<I 

Portland, Ore., July 1. 

Many first-runs, have new prod- 
uct here this week, and biz is perk- 
ing at most theatres. Coin is. 
pouring into downtown theatres 
for a change despite the continued 
warm weather, ^‘Clash By Night" 
and "Bcaramouche" loom as best 
betss. "Skirta Ahoy" is the .ace 
holdover. 

Emilmatei far This Week 
Broadway (Parker) (1,850; 65-90) 
— "Winning Team" (WB) and 
“Silver City Bonanza"’ (Rep). Oke 
$8,000. Last week, "Scarlet Angel"' 
(U) and "Pool ofi London" (U)„ 
$ 6 , 000 . 

Guild (Parker) C400; 65-90) — 
"‘Encore" (Par) (3d wk). Solid 
$2,000. Last week, $2,500. 

Liberty (Hamrick) (1,850; 65-90) 
—"Skirts: Ahoy" (M-G) and "Any- 
thing Can Happen" (P.ar) (2d wk). 
Tall $10iK)a; La*t week, $13,500, 
Oriental (Evergreen) (2,000; 65- 
90)— "Clash By Night" (RKO) and 
"Jet Job" (Mono), day-date, with 
Orpheum. Excellent. $4,500. Last 
week, "Kangaroo” (20th) and 
"Brave Warrior" (Col), $3,400. 

Orpheum (Evergreen) (1,750; 65- 
90)— "Clash By Night" (RKO) and 
"Jet Job" (Mono). Big $7,500 or 
over. Last Week, "Paula" (Col), and 
"Clouded Yellow" (Col), $6,000, 
Paramount (Evergreen) (3AO0;. 
65-90). — "Outcasts of Poker Flat" 
(20th) and ' ""African Treioture"' 
(Mono). Fine $6,500. Ijist week,. 
"Kangaroo" (20th). and "Brave 
•Warrior" (Col), $6,000, 

United Artiata (Parker) (890; 65- 
96) — ^"Searamouche" (M-G). Socko 
$11,000 or close. Last week, "3 to 
Bedroom C" (WB), $3,200. 

‘Robin Hoof Hot 
$17,51111, Toronto 

Toronto, July 1. 

In a frame that Is only poor to 
fair for newcomers, "Robin Hood” 
is the only big spot. "‘Down Aniong 
Sheltering Palms" looks oke at 
two houses. Holdovers are skim- 
ming the cream, notably "Pat and 
Mike" and "Skirts iJioy," both in 
second week rounds to good re- 
turns. 

Eatimatea for This Week 
Great,. ]>owntewn, Glendale, May- 
fair, Scarhore, State (Taylor) 863; 
1,059;. 955; 476; 698; 694;. 35-60)— 
"The Brigand’^ (Col) and "Yank in 
todo-China” (Col). Oke $13,000. 
Last week, "Brave Warrior" (Col) 
and "CapUve City" (UA), $12,500. 

Eglinton, (TP) (X,080; 40-80) — • 
"Outcast of Islands’" (London) (2d 
wk). Nice $7,000. Last week, $7,500. 

Hyland (Rank) 1,500; 50-70) — 
"Magic Box”' (Rank) (2d wk). Ta- 
pering to light $3,800. Last week, 
$5,000. 

. Imperial (FP) (3,373; 50-80) — 
"Robin Hood’" (RKO-Disney). Big 
$ir,500. Last week, "Half-Breed" 
(RKO), $9,000. 

Loew’a (Loew) (2,748; 50-80) — 
"Pat and Mike’* (M-G) (2d wk). 
Holding at nice $10,000. Last week, 
$ 11 , 000 . 

Odeon (Rank) (2,390; 50-90) — 
"No Room for Groom’" U). Light 
$8,000. Last week, "T Believe in 
.You" (Rank), $6,000, 

Shea’s ' (FP) (2,396; 40-80) — 

“Dream of Jeanie" (Rep). Sad $8,- 
000. Last week, "Kangaroo" (20tH), 
same. 

Tivoli, University (FP) (1,436; 1,- 
558; 40-80) — ^“Down Among Shel- 
tering Palms’* (20th). Okay $10,000, 
Last week, "3 for Bedroom C’* 
(WB), $6,500, - 

Uptown Loew) (2,743: 40-80) — 
Skirts Ahoy” (M-G) (2d wk). Good 
$8,500. Lash week, $12,000. 


July 2 , Ij>s^ 



Key City Glresset 

Estimated Total Gross 

This. Week $1,786,606 

(Based on 22 cities, 172; the- 
atres, chiefly firit nitts, inpZtid- 
ing N. Y.) * 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year - , $2, 623,066 
(Based in 2Z cities:, and 191 
theatres . ) 



H.0.S Slow Up Del.; ‘Women’-F^ Pix 
Fair $8,000, ‘King Kong’ Tall 1(G, 2d 


Detroit, July 1. 

Plethora of holdovers is slowing 
down biz this week. There are only 
two newcomers, "No Room For 
Groom," which is slim at Michi- 
gan, and "Outlaw Women" with 
Robinson-Maxim fight films, which 
is fair at the Madison. The hold- 
oyers mostly are- dragging but 
"King Kong" still is good at the 
Palms. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fox (Fox-Detroit) (5,00G; 70-95) 
—•"Macao” (RKO) and "Confidence 
Girl" (UA) (2d wk), Down to $14,- 
000. Last week, oke $21,000. 

Michigan (United Detroit) 4,000; 
70-95)— "No Room for Groom" (U> 
and "Scarlet Angel" (U). Slim $16,- 
000. Last week, "Winning Team" 


"Atomic City" (Par), 


(WB) and 
$14,000. 

Pabns (UD) (2,961; 70-95) — 

tJF ^^tKO) and “Leopard 

Man (RKO) (reissues) (2d wk). 


Down to good $14,000 after tre- 
“lendous $30,000 first week. 

^ Madison (UD) (1,900; 70-95) — 
O^paw Wom.enV (Lip) plus Robin- 
son-Maxim fight films. Fair $8,000. 
tost week, “Storm Over Tibet" 

(Coi),. 

United Artists U(A) (1,900; 70-95) 

2d wk). Off to 

$a,poo. Last week, big $12,500. 

^ Adams (Balaban) 1,700; 70-95) — 
Scaramouche” (M-(J$) (2d wk). 
to $5,000. Last week, okay 


Washington^ July 1, 

The^heat wave is proving a boon 
to most , midtown houses, ‘with 
populace stejring air conditioned 
relief from sizzling streets. Most 
exhibitors kept smiling over- 
weekend. "Washington Story,' 
launched., by a preem glittering 
with Congressional brass, is* a late 
comer with Saturday preem, but it 
shapes as week’s big leader. An- 
other hefty newcomer is "Never 
Take No lor An Answer,"' loud at 
Lopert"s Dupont. "Outcasts of 
"Poker Flat" with vaude topped 
by Rudy Valle* and Dorothy Sar- 
noff started out big, but is taper- 
ing to passably nice session. 

■ Estimates for This Week 
Capitol (Loew’s) (3,434; 55-95)— 
"Outcasts t)f Poker Flat” (20th) 
plus vaude.. Nice $19,000. Last 
week, "Scarlet Angel” (U) plus 
vaude, $23,000i 

Dupont (Lopert) (372; 50r85) — 
"Never Take No for Ani Answer" 
(Indie). Sock $5,500, crix raves 
helping. Stays. Last week, "Na- 
vajo" (Lip) (2d wk-4 days), okay 
$2 500 

Keith’s (RKO) (1,939; 50-85) — 
"Just This Once" (M-G). Fine 
$10,000 for 6Vi dsys, excluding 
night of Robinson-Maxim televised 
fights. Last week, "No Room for 
Groom" (U), okay $8,000. ' 

MetropoUtan (Warder) (1,200; 
50-80)— "The Fighter" (UA). A 
Kttle better than, recently with 
$5,000. Last week, "Flaming 
Feather" (Par), $5,700. 

Palace (LoeW’s) (2,370; 50-80) — 
"Washington Story” (M-G). Tops 
town with big $18,500. Probably 
holds. Last week, ^Scaramouche’^’ 
(M-G) (3d wk), $10,000. 

Playhouse (Lopert) (485; 50t$l) 
—"Marrying Kind" (Col) (4th. wk). 
Brisk $6,000, bettering last week’s 
$5,800. Stays. 

oWarner (WB) (2,174; 50-80) — 
"‘Scandal Sheet" (Col). Okay4X0,- 
QOO.^ Last week, "3 foJ^ Bedroom 
C” (WB). $8,000. 

Ontario (K-B) (1,424; 44-74) — 
"Time for Men Only" (Par). Pleas- 
ant $6,000. Last week, ""Captive 
City’* (UA), nice $6,700. 

‘loYc’-litclier Hep lOG, 
Seattle; ?at’ Sock 14G 

_ ^ Seattle, July 1. 

Return of Nellie Lutcher with 
surrounding acts onstage at Palo- 
mdr is boosting "Love Is Better 
Than Ever" to big session here this 
week. Greatest gross is being 
racked up by ""Pat and Mike" 
which IS socko at the Music HaU. 
Clash by NighL" which was great 
guns at Orpheum opening week, 
still IS good on moveover to the 
Blue Mouse. 

Estimates for This Week 
Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (800: 65- 
S0i-T“Cl^h by Night" (RKO) and 
Stolen Face (Lip) (m,o.). After 

looks good 
Across 

Sfreet" (U) and "Tahiti Honey" 
(Rep) (2d wk), $1,900. 

(Evergreen) (1,829; 65- 
90)-- Kangaroo” (2Qth) and "Dead- 
man a Trail" (Mono) (2d wk). Fancy 

^^st week. 
Evergreen) (2,366; 
S5-90)— Lydia Bailey" (20th) and 
Anyttong Can Happen"* (Par) (2d 
wk). Okay $7,000 after $9,300 last 

toberty (Hamrick) (1,650; 65-90) 
Groom" (U) and 
Ma^m-RoWnson fight pix planed 

pPObing. Slow 
r’7?/ ^‘Outcast of Is- 

“Captive City'* 

(UA), $4,500^ 

JJJwsiojaox (Hamrick) (850; 65-90) 
— Tembo (RKO). Okay $3,500. 

Sorrow” 

(Indie), $1,800. 

(Hamrick) (2,282; 65- 
90)— Pat and Mike" (M-G) and 

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Kmm summer 

poor has wilted dowiS 
operations to four hoS a 
low. Twin , closings were 
.Returns from! curmit 
below Jast* Week’s overaU^E.^'^* 
""Winning Td«wt’* holds slight 
over “Carson City" for this^wcelf*, 
lead but ^ only fair "3 for- iV 
& the other new bill & 
Moveovfcp of "King 
^alkhig up. a, great Lyric coiS af 
revival in the Trgt 

- Eaihuatea for This Week 

(3,100; 55^5U 

-‘'Scaramou’w' 
f(3,M0, no€ indu'd In, 
•J(rednMd«T-.. C25 for Robffi 
'Mirxlm. ilght telecast to m ^ 
house- at $2.46. admission. It wm 
C tocy^a first theatre TV show juS 
^ an all-round winner. 

Grand (HKO) (1,400; 55-75)-.''3 
for Bedroom. C” (WB) and "Stolen 
Face" (lipL ^ Fine , $8,000. lS 
week,.. "Sound Off" (Col) ai3 
"‘M<mtana Territory" (Col), $6504 
, Lyric (HKQ) (1,400; 55-75® 
<^p) and "Leopard S 
OlKO) (reissues) (m.o.). GrSt 
$8,(K)Q. Jjist week, ""Geisha Glrf 
(Indl*) and "Oriental Evil" (Indl*) 
split with "Gang War" (Indie) ani 
""fiad KlUer" (Indie). $4,000. 

■ palace (RKO) (2,600; 55-75)-* 
"Garson' City" (WB). . Okay lift. 
600. Last week, . "‘King Koni" 
(RKO) and “Leopard Man" (RKO) 
(reissues),' atomic $20,000 and 
town"* tope for some time. 



"Gred^’ Oke at $11,000, 
‘Hiiiier* % ‘Lydia’ 135 

San Francisco, July 1. 
Despite the record 27-hour palsy 
telethon over the weekend, biz gen* 
erally is okay here this session, 
"Cripple Cre^’* paired with “]W- 
rate submarine" at Orpheum and 
"Ivory Hunter" shape as best hetj 
of newcomers. "Lydia Bailey” 
looms mild at the Fox while "'3 for 
Bedroom C" is. only fair at St. 
Francis. "Man' in White Suit" still 
is rated nice in eighth week at 
Stagedoor., 

Eailmaiea for This Week 
Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 65-95) 
— ^"Body Snatcher" (RKO) and 
"Walked With Zombie" (RKO) (r^ 
Issues). Poor $5,000 in 4 days. Last 
week, "'Sound Off" (Col) and 
‘Brave Warrior** (Col), $10,000. 

Foxr (FWCb (4,651; 65-95)- 
"Lydia Bailey" (20th) and "Kid 
Mohk Baronl" (Mono), Mild $13,* 
OCX) or near. Last week, "Winninf 
Team’* (WB> and "African Treaj* 
.lire" (Mono), $10^506. 

Warfield (Loew’s) (2,656; 65-95)— 
"Scaramouche” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Held at $17,0.00; Last week, seek 
$30,0QQ. 

Paramount (Par) (2,646; 65-95)— 
"To Have, Have Not" (WB) and 
"High Sierra" (WB) (reissues). 
Fair $11,000. Last week, "Carson 
City" (WB) and "Death of Angel” 
(Indie); $12;000 In 8 days. 

St, Francis (Par) (1,400: 65-95)- 
"3 for Bedroom C" (WB). ’Fair 
$8,500: Last week. "Glory Alley” 
(M-Gl (2d wk), very quiet $7,000. 

Orpheunt (No. Coast) (2,448; 61^ 
95)— "Cripple Creek" (Col) and 
"Pirate l^bmarine” (Lip). Okal 
$11,000. Last week, "Storm Ovtf 
Tibet" (Gk)I) and "Red Snow" (Col), 

United Artists (No. Coast) (U07; 
65-95)— “Ivory Hunter" (U). ,F^ 
$9,000 in 8 days. Last week, ‘‘Fight* 
er" (UA) and "Red Planet Mars 
(UA) (2d wk), $4,500 in 6 days.^^^ 

Stagedoor (A-R) (370; 85-$!)- 
"Man In White Suit" (U) (8th wk). 
Nice $3,300. Laat week, same. 

Clay (Rosener) (400; 65-85)- 
"Simple Case of Money" (In^e)* 
Gdod $2,700. Last week, ‘‘Mr. Lora 
Said NO."- (Indie) (4th wk), $2,000. 

Larkin (Rosener) (400; 65-85)- 
"Pool of London" (U) (m.o.) (8th 
wk). Okay $2,500. Last week, 
$2,500. 

^Scaramouche' Fine In 

Buff,13G;^BediW6G 
Buffalo, Jufy 1 
Maxim-Robinson fight 
helping "Scaramouche" to sturw 
week at the Buffalo this , 

best results in city. ‘SS 
Warning" looms ok^, 


but "3 for Bedroom C 
at Center. 


shapes 


Estimates for This Week ^ 
Buffals (toews) (3,p0(); 
’Scaramouche’* (M-G) plus t 
Robinson fight pix. Fine 5 ^ 
better. Last week, 
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«'Scaramouche” 
should catch a bright 
^Kan'^aroo” at WoOda ahouW regis- 
tS Olay $21.00«i '‘W.ft feat on 
Beacon Street’* at the tJnited 
Artists also seems oke ^th.#l3»000; 

Among the holdovers "Never 
Take No For Answer’* Is nice at 
the Surf. "Outcasts of Ppk0r Flat" 
and "Young ^arface" ‘it Orand 
looks strong Mdover weeic 

"Denver and Rio' Grande” , and 
"Atomic City” at Roiusevfclt' looms 
moderate on holdover "Greatest 
Show" at Palace;, should get the 
Kiddie trade for excellent ^18,000 
on its eighth week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Chicaro IB&K) <3,900; 55^98)— 
'Tat and Mike” (M-G) plus Billy 
Williams Quartet onstage <2d wk). 
Holding to okay $39;000. I^ast 
week, $40,000. 

. Grand (RKO) (1,500; 55-98)— 
"Outcasts of Poker Flat" (20th). and 
"Young Scarf ace” f Indie) (2d wk). 
Nice $8,000 i|i sight., Ijust week, 
$12,000. 

Palace (EifeD (2,500; 9e-$1.25)— 
"Greatest Show” '(Par). .(8th wk). 
Heavy school trade may tilt this to 
big $18,000. Last week. $18,060. 

Roosevelt (BfcK) (1.500; 55-98)— 
"Denver Rio Grande” (Par) and 
"Atomic City” (Par) (2d wk). Okay 
$9,000, Last:. week $12,000. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 55-98)— 
"Scaramouche” (M-G). Strong 
$18,000. Last week, "Lydia Bailey” 
(20th) and "First Time” (Col) (2d 
wk), $9,000. 

Surf (H&E Balaban) (885; 98)— 
"Never Take No For Answer” (In- 
die) (3d wk). Slaying on very well 
with $3,700. Last week, $4,000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700; 55- 
98) — "Walk East on Beacon” (Col) 
and "Without Warning” (UA). 
Okay $13,000. Last week, 
Hunchback Notre Bame” (RKO) 
and "Cat People” (RKO) (reissues), 
$7,000. 

Woods) (Essaness) (l-;073; 98)— 

* Kangaroo” (20th). SUrang off 
well with $21,000. Last week, 
Belles on Toes” {20th) (2d wk), 
$ 12 , 000 . 

World (Indie) (587; 98)— "Bitter 
Rice” (Indie! (reissue). Fast $3,500. 
^I^^week, "Navajo” (Lip) .(2d wk), 

^ Ziegfeld (Lopert) " (485; -OS)— 
Anything Can Happen” (Par) 
(4th wk). Light $3J)Q0. Last 
week, same. House closes for 
summer July 6. . 

Heat Clips indpis. fiiz 
But ‘Scaramooclie’ Lush 
$12,000; Team’ Slow 9G 

Indianapolis, July 1. 
Torrid wether is keeping biz 
down at most first-runs here this 
stanza, drive-ins and other out- 
door competition benefiting. But 
Scaramouche” is going great at 
oews to lead town by comfort- 
Jble margin. "Winning Team” at 
ndiana looks slow. while ''Denver 

*nd Rio Grande” at Circle h 
. mild. 

Estimates for This Week 

(Cockrfli-Dolle) (2,809 
(pI!? ^ ‘ Denver Rio Grande* 
MnV "Atomic City” (UA) 

fiaiu Dairt week, "Lydia 

Shel? <20th) and "Scanda 
^beel (Col), $9,500. 

(C-D) (3.200; 50-76)— 
len p Team” (WB) and "Sto- 
.(Lip). Slow $9,000. Last 
"wIm and 

Fbrl (reissues), 

dav ^ Satur- 

swirr,!!* j when house was 

swamped hy storm. 

^Loew's) (2,427; 50-76)- 
^caiamouche” (M-G). Hefty $12,- 

week, "Girl In White” 

“S-nM- 50-76)— 

(RKO) and "HI 
We, • u So-so $4,500. Last 

"Flipiif Dsage’\ (Mono) and 
“gnt to Mars” (Mono), $4,000 


Estiniates Are Net 

Film gross estimates as re- 
ported herewith from the varl- 
-ous key eltles, are net; i. e., 
WitticNit the 10% tak. Distrib- 
uton share on met take, when 
playing ^rcentage, hence the 
estimated figures are net/ In- 
come. ’ 

The parenthetic admission 
prices, Jhowever, is indicated, 
include the U. R. amusement 
tax. 


“Pal’ Powerful 
illDOO, PInlly 

Philadelphia, July 1. 

.The heat wave exacted a ,toU 
from new bills here this week, 
even cutting into the top new- 
comer, "Pat and Mike” at the 
Boyd, However, pic still will come 
through with a fine total. The fight 
plx helped "Lydia Bailey*’ to stay 
high In second session at the Fox. 
"Winning Team” is rated. nice at 
the Hanley. "Atomic City” suf- 
fered when the Stanton air-condi- 
tioner broke down and steamed the 
bouse for next 11 days. '-‘Narrow 
Margin” and "Encore” both got 
fast, breaks in arty houses. 
Estimates for This Week 

Arcadia CSAS) (625; 854L20)— 
"Scaramouche” (M-G) -Od wk). 
Fast $13,000. Last week, $14,000. 

Boyd (WB) (2,360; 50-99)— "Pat 
and Mike” (M-G). Fine $17,000. 
Last week, "3 for Bedroom C” 
(WB), $9,000. 

Fox (20th) (2,250; 50-99)-n"Lydia 
Bailey” (20th) <2d wk). Held at 
$15,000, Last weekj fast $17,500. 

Goldman (GJoldman) (1,200; 50- 
99)-^“Clash by Night” (RKO) (4th 
wk). Off to $7,500. Last week, big 
$ 11 , 000 , 

Masibaum (WB) (4,360; 50-99) — 
"Dream of Jeanie” (Rep). Sad 
$5,000. Last week, *Tvory Hunter” 
(U) (2d wk), $9,000. 

Midtown (Goldman) (1,200; 50- 
•99) — ■« Mutiny on Bounty” (UA) 
(reissue). So-so $4,500. Last week, 
"Brave Warrior” (Col), $6,500. 

Randolph (Goldman) (2,500; 50- 
99)— "Lovely To Look At” (M-G) 
(2d wk). Neat $14VOOO. Last week, 
$18,000. 

♦Stanley (WB) (2,900; 50-99) — 
“Winning Team” (WB). Fine $16,- 
000 or near. Last week, "Outcast 
of Islands” (UA), $12,000. 

Stanton (WB) (1,473; 50-99) — 
"Atomic City” (Par). Dull $5,200. 
Last week, "Red River” (UA) and 
"Tulsa” (UA) (reissues), $5,000. 

Studio (Goldberg) (500; 55-99)— 
"Encore” (Par). Good $3,800. Last 
week, “Man in White Suit” (U) 
(7th wk), $2,800. 

Trans-Lux (T-L) (500; 50-99) — 
"Narrow Margin” (RKO). Hefty 
$5,500. Last week, "My Son John” 
(Par) (8th wk-4 days), .$2,000. 

World (G&S) (500; 50-99)— "Miss 
Italia” (Lux) (2d wk). Nice $3,000. 
Last week, $3,500. 

‘ScaTamovche’ Doll 1 00 
s In ProY.; Team' $7,500 

Providence, July 1. 

Summer finally hit with a 
vengeance here ' and the first 
fairly nice Sunday and weekend 
In months had only the roads and 
beaches playing to SRO. "Scar'a- 
mouche” looks to get top coin at 
Loew's State, but very mild. "Win- 
ning Team” at Majestic . shapes a 
bit better. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2,200; 44-66) — 
"Scarlet. Angel” (U) and "Just 
Across the Street” (U). Slow 
$5,000. Last week, "Carson City” 
(WB) and "Wall of Death” (Real- 
art), $6,000. 

Majestic (Fay) <2,200; 44-65) — 
"Winning Team” (WB) and "Bal 
Tabarin” (Rep). Fairish $7,500. 
Last week, "Ivory Hunter” (U) 
and "Bronco Buster” (U), $4,500. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 44-65) — 
"Scaramouche” (M-G). Dull $10,- 
000. Last week, "Outcasts of 
Poker Flat” (20th) and "Love Bet- 
ter Tlian Ever” (M-G), $7,500. . 

Strand (Silverman) (2,200; .44- 
65) — “Paula” (Col) .and "Montana 
Territory” (Col). Opened Monday 
(30). Last week, "Atomic City” 
(Par) and "I Surrender Dear” 
(Col) (reissue), blah $3,500. 


mRAMOUCHr BEATS 
ST, LOO HEAT, HOT 17G 

St. Louis, July 1. 

- Only "Scaramouche”' is showing 
any ' ability to combat the "terrific 
hot weather here which hit a new 
season high of 104 degrees last 
Sunday (29). It shapes solid at 
Loew’s. Other first-run biz appears 
going down as fast as the mercury 
goes up. "Clash -By Night” is 
fairly good on moveover at Ambas- 
sador. "Man in Wliite Suit” con- 
tinues big in two houses for third 
round, - ' 

Intimates for This Week 

Ambassador (FAcM) (3,000; 60-75) 
-"Clash By Night” (RKO) and 
"Loan Sharif’ (Lip). Fair $8,500. 
Last week, "Kangaroo” (20th) and 
"Winning Team” (WB), $9,006. 

Fox.lr&M) (5,000; eo^W)^"San 
Francisco Story” (WB) and "Valley 
of Eagles” (Lip).- Opened today 
(Tues,), Last week; *‘Lydia Bailey* 
(20th)' and "Rose of Cimarron” 
(20th), fine $15,000. 

iUoew’s (Loew) (3,172; 50-75)— 
"Scaramouche” (M-G). Solid $17,- 
000. Last week, "Harrying Kind” 
(Col) and "Yank, in . Indo-CMna” 
(Col), $14,500. 

Miaaouri (F-H) (3,500; 60-75) — 
"Denver • Rio (irande” (Par) and 
"For Men Only” (Lip). MUd $10,- 
OOO or less/ Last week, "Clash By 
Night” (RKO) and "Loan Shark” 
(Lip), $13,000. 

Pageant XSt. L. Amus.) (1,000; 
75-90)— "Man in White Suit” (U) 
C3d wk). Still stout at $2,500, after 
$3,000 for second frame. 

Shady Oak (St. L. Amus.) (800; 
75-901— "Man In White Suit” (U) 
(3d wk). Holding at big $3,500 after 
$4,000 second .session. 

‘Groom’ Good 1% 





Smash $150,01)0, ‘ 
‘Nellie’-kdiow-Daniel$Good65G 


Denver, July 1. 

In. a fair to slow week in most 
first-runs, previously strong hold- 
overs are staying an additional ses- 
sion. "Pat and. Mike” looms fine 
at Broadway, and "Man in White 
Suit” shkpes strong at Vogue, both 
holding for third stanzas. "Carson 
City” is rated fair in two hoses. 
Best showing of new p|x>duct is be- 
ing made by "No Room for Groom,” 
good at Paramount. 

Eatimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Pox) (1,400; 40-85)— 
“Hoodlum Empire” • (Rep) and 
"Oklahoma Annie” (Hep), day-date 
with Tabor, Webber. Fair $6,000., 
Last week, “Montana Territory” i 
(CoD^and "Yank In Indo-China” 
(Col), $6,500. 

Broadway (Wolfberg) (1,200; 40- 
65)__“Pat and Mike”. (M-G) (2d 
wk). Fine $9,000, and holds again. 
Last week, $13,000. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525; -40-85) — 
"Carson City” (WB) and “Bitter 
Springs” (Indie), day-date with Es- 
quire. Fair $12,000. Last week, 
“Paula” ((^1) and "Sound Off” 
(Col). $12,500. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 40-85) — "Car- 
son City” (WB) and "Bitter Spring” 
(Indie). Fair $2,500. Last week, 
"Paula” (Col) and '‘^und Off” 
(Col), $2,700. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 40-85)— 
"Clash By Night” (RKO) and "Dou- 
ble (Confession” (Indie) (2d wk). 
Off to $6,500. Last week, mild 
$ 10 , 000 . 

Paramount (Wolfberg) (2,200; 40- 
85) — “No Room for Groom” (U) 
and "Luck of Irish,” (Indie). Good 
$12,000. Last week, "Sniper” (Col) 
and "Harem Girl” (Col), $11,000. 

Tabor (Fox) (1,967; 40-85)— 

"Hoodlum Empire” (Rep) and 
“Oklahoma Annie” (Rep). Fairish 
$6,500. Last week, “Montana Ter- 
ritory” ((Col) and "Yank in Indo- 
China” (Col), $6,000. 

Vogue (Pike) (600; 60-85)— "Man 
in 'White Suit” (U) (2d wk). Fancy 
$2,200, Last Week, $3,200. 

Webber (Fox) (750; 40-85)— 

‘Hoodlum Empire” (Rep) and 
"Oklahoma Annie” (Rep), Fair $3,- 
000. Last week, "Montana Terri- 
tory’* (Col) and "Yank in Indo- 
China” (Col), $2,700. 

‘St. Anne’ Okay $8,000 
In Dim Balto; ‘Alley’ 5G 

Baltimore, July 1. 

No lift is indicated in offish 
trade still sloughing the downtown 
sector here. Best of. curjfent ac- 
tivity is reported by "Sally and 
Saint Anne” ab Keith’s. "Pat and 
Mike,” went into a holdover at 
Loew’s Century, along with “Lydia 
Bailey,” at the New, but both are 
doing mildly. 

Estimates for This Week 

Century (Loew’s-UA) (3,000; 20 
70)— "Pat and Mike” (M-G) (2d 
wk). Not getting far at $5,000 
following nice $7,700 opener. 

Keith’s (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60) — "Sally and Saint Anne” (U). 

(Continued on page 22) 


With the return to more normal 
temperatures after the hottest 
weather of the year and. launching' 
of several strong new bills,. iBroad- 
way first-run theatres are giving 
a good account of themselves this 
session. Several are being helped 
by vacationing students, while 
Ibe influx of additional vacation 
visitors is being *>€1160106 in a 
heavy Pl*iy on stagefilm shows. 
With two successive days when the 
mercury officially went to around 
97, degrees, 4eluxers were bound 
to suffer, especially houses launch- 
ing new programs. 

Cooler weather Satur^lay^ and 
considerably milder days the first 
of this week brought relief to the 
boxoffice. However, probably be- 
cause of air conditioning lure;;, 
some spots suffered more vyhen 
the mercury dipped lower over 
the weekend ' than on the torrid 
weekdays. 

New * champion is "Where’s 
Charley?” with stageshow at the 
Music Hall. Although opening in 
the sweltering weather last ’Thurs- 
day (26), 'this combo is soaring to 
smash $150,000 on Initial stanza, 
and appears in for a healthy run. 

pacemaker for straightfilm biUs 
is "Story of Robin Hood,” which 
is heading for socko $35,000 at. the 
Criterion, biggest- at this house in 
months. 

"Wait ’Til Sun Shines, Nellie,” 
with launching of iceshows and 
Billy Daniels topping stageblU, 
loojw to reach good $65,000 in first 
round' at the Boxy. Other new 
bills are not so good. "3 for Bed- 
room C,”' which was expected to 
cHdk in N. Y., Is highly disappoint- 
ing at $9,000 or less at the Astor. 
"Dream of Jeanie” also was light 
with $6,000 in six-day run. at the 
State, being replaced yesterday 
(Tues.) by "Washington Story,” 

"Clash By Night” with stage- 
show headed by Les Paul Ac Mary 
Ford, Joey Bishop and Ralph Mar- 
terie band looks to hold at nice 
$59,000 on second week .at the 
Paramount, and goes a third. 

“Pat and Mike” continued sturdy 
with $23,000 in second round at 
the Capitol, and holds over a third 
week. "Just Across Street,” with 
eight-act vaudeville policy, likely 
.will hit okay $14,000 at the Palace 
in usual weekly change. 

Besides the new bill at the State, 
the Mayfair is bringing In "Has 
Anybody Seen My Gal” on Friday 
(4). The Globe launches "Lady in 
Iron Mask” on the same day. 

Estimates for This Week 

Astor (City Inv.) (1,300; 70-$1.50) 
—"3 For Bedroom C” (WB), Ini- 
tial week ending today (Wed,), is 
heading for less than $9,000, dull. 
Holds, In ahead, “Outcast of Is- 
lands” UA) (6th wk), $6,700, 

Beckman. (R&B) (550; 85-$1.50)— 
"Never Take No For Answer” (In- 
die) (10th wk). Ninth stanza ended 
Monday (30) was $4,000 after $4,- 
200 for eight week. Stays. 

Capitol Loew’s) 4,82(); 70-$1.50) 
—"Pat and Mike” (M-G) (Sd^final 
wk). Initial holdover round ended 
last night (Tues.) held at sturdy 
$23,000 after $33,000 for. opening 
week. 

Criterion (Moss) (1.700; 50-$1.80) 
—"Robin Hood” (&KO-Disney). 
Initial stanza ending today (Wed.) 
heading for smash $35,000 or possi- 
bly better despite its having open- 
ed In torrid heat. Holds, natchl 
Last week, "Red Planet Mars’ (UA) 
2d wk-5 days), slow $4,500. 

, Fine Arts (Davis) (468; 90-$1.80) 
— “Outcast of Islands” (UA) (7th 
wk). Despite dieat, holding well at 
$6,000, now that it is not playing 
day-date with Astor. Sixth round 
was $5,000. 

Globe (Brandt) (1,500; 50-$1.50) 
—"Scarlet Angel” (U) (2d wk). Ini- 
tial holdover round ending tomor- 
row (Thurs.) holding at $6,000 after 
mild $7,(>00 in first week. "Lady in 
Iron Mask” (20th) opens Friday (4). 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 50-$1.50) 
—"Winning Team” (WB) (2d wk). 
Second stanza ending ‘tomorrow 
(Thurs.) is off to $7.0(W after mild 

t 10,000 opener. "Has Anybody 
een. My Gal” (U) opfens Friday 
(4). 

Normandie (Normandie Theatres) 
(592; 95-$1.80) — "Encore” (Par) 
(14th wk). The 13th frame ended 
last night (Tues.) continued strong 
with $7,500, after $8,200 for 12th 
week. Stays. HacT been holding 
we'l despite heat but was hurt 
over weekend. 

Palace (RKO) (1,700; 75-$1.40) 
"Just Across Street” (U) and 6 acts 
: of vaude. Current stanza ending 
;tomor’’ow (Thurs.) *s heading for 
okay $14,000, Last week, "Con- 


fidence Girl” (UA) and same vaude 
policy, $16,000. 

Paramount (Par) (3,664; 80-$1.80) 
—"Clash by Night’.’ (RKO) with Les 
Paul A Mary Ford, Joey Bishop,- 
Ralph Marterle orch heading stage- 
show (3d-final wk). Second round 
ended last night (iSxes.) held nicely 
with $59,000 after big $80,000 for 
first Week- 

Park Avenue (Reade) (583; 90- 
$1.50) — "Island Rescue*’ (U). 
Opened stoutly Monday (30). In 
ahead, “Actors and Sin” (UA) {4tli 
wk-10 days), .'big $11’,600, Could 
have continued except for a locked- 
booklng on "Rescue.’* 

Paris (Indie) (568; $1.25-$1.80)— 
“Ways of Love” (Buratyn) (3d wk). 
First holdover session ended Sun- 
day (29) is holding great at $7,500 
after $9,700 opener. 

Radio City Music H*ll (Rockefel- 
lers) (6,945; 80-$2.40)— "Where’s 

Charley?” and stageshow. Soaring 
to socko $160,000 in initial weelc 
ending today (Wed.). Naturally is 
holding indef, In ahead, "Lovely 
to Look At” (M-G) with stage bill 
(4th wk), $131,000, a bit over hopes. 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; 80-$2.20) — 
"Wait ’Til Sun Shines, Nellie” 
(20th) with iceshow headed by Arn- 
old Shoda, Tdxle plus stageshow 
topped by Billy Daniels, ^Hitting 
good $65,000 or near in first stanza. 
In ahead, "Diplomatic Courier” 

■ (20th) with stageshow headed by 
Kathy Barr, Helen Wood, Jay Mar- 
shall, $55,000. 

State (Loew’s) (3,450; 55-$1.50) 
— "Washington Story” (M-G). 
.Opened here yesterday (Tues,). In 
ahead, - "Dream of Jeanie” (Rep), 
light $6,000 in six days. 

Sutton (R&B) (561; 90-$1.50) — 
"Man in White Suit” (U) (14th wk) 
The ,13th round ended Monday 
(30) holding strongly at $9,800 
after $11,000 for 12th week. Con- 
tinues indef. 

Trans-Lux 60th St. (TAD (453; 
90-$1.50) — "Narrow, Margin” (RKO) 
(9th wk). Shapes to land $3,400 
after fine $3.8()0 for eighth frame. 

Trans-Lux 52nd St. (T-L) (540; 
90-$1.50)— "High Treason” Undie) 
(7th wk). Sixth session ended Mon- 
day (30) held big at $5,800 after 
$7,000 for fifth. 

Victoria (City Inv.) (1,060; 70- 
$1.50) — "Walk Bast on Beacon” 
(Col) (6th wk). Fifth session end^ 
last night (Tues.) still was In the 
chips with $12,000 after strong 
$14,000 for fourth. Continues. 

Blistering Heat Bops 
Mpls, ; ‘BrWnd' NG 5G, 
‘Angel’ $5,500, ‘Tibet’ 4G 

Minneapolis, July 1. 

Blistering heat over the weekend 
Is not conducive to theatregoing 
here and some unimpressive new- 
comers are slowing lumstlle activ- 
ity, Fresh entries like '‘Scarlet 
Angel.” "Clouded Yellow” arid 
‘‘Brigand”-‘'Brave Warrior” are all 
lagging. Holdovers of "Wild North” 
and "Scaramouche” in their third 
and second weeks respectively are 
doing okay. Johnnie Ray and a 
supporting stageshow, opens Friday 
(4) at Ratfio City. 

Estimates for This Week 

Century (Par) (1:600; 50-76) — 
"Laughter in Paradise” (Indie). 
Dull $3,000. Last week, "Tales of 
Hoffmann” (UA) (2d run), $4,000. 

Gopher (Berger) (1,200; 50-76)— 
"Wild North” (M-G) (3d wk). Okay 
$3,500, Last week, $4,300, 

Lyric (Par) (1,000; 50-76) — 

"Bowery Boys” (Mono) and "Wild 
Stallion” (Mono). Fair $4,000. Last 
week, "Models, Inc,” (Indie) and 
"Finders Keepers” (U), $3,000. 

Radio City tPar) (4.000; 50-76)— 
"Scaramouche” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Good $7,000. Last week, $12,000. 

RKO-Orpheum (RKO) (2,800; 40- 
76)— "Brigand” (Cpl) and "Brave 
Warrior” (Col).. Sad .$5,000. Last 
week. "Walk East on Beacon” (Col), 
$7,500. 

RKO-Pan (RKO) (1,600; 40-76)— 
"Storm Over Tibet” (Col) and "Red 
Snow” (Col). Rex Reason, "Storm” 
star, here in person opening day. 
Mildish at $4,000. Last week, “To 
Have, Have Not” (WB)* and "High 
Sierra” (WB) (reissues), .$4,000. 

State (Par) (2,300; 50-76) — 

‘.‘Scarlet Angel” (U). Tepid $5,500. 
Last week, "Ivory Hunter” (U), 
$4,700. 

WorM (Mann) (400: 85-$1.25)— 
"Clouded Yellow” (Col). Passable 
,$3,000. Last week, "Rashomon” 
(RKO), $2,500. 


IHTEttBrAnOHAl. 



Paris, June ,24. 4- 

Unifrancfr Film has release4 a 
list of French films which received 
the biggest break in the foreign 
market. Tfie list does not give a 
clear idea about the ideal export- 
able pic mainly .because there is a 
variance between popularity and 
quality. With the French interest- 
, cd in upping exports,' this 'list natu-* 
rally is being studied closely here. 

Of the 440 films exported, only 
30 received *10 bookings or better. 
Oh strength of their, dates the pic- 
tures were rated first as to Ulms 
with international star names in 
them; second, pix that are typically 
French and* national in .spirit and 
which proved to be more universal 
in appeal and pIx with strong social 
themes or that are just good in 
general film qualities. 

Of the first category "Atoll KJ’ 
with Laurel and Hardy, is doing 
well. It is a Franco-Italian copro- 
duction. "The Strange Madame 
X," with Michele Morgan and 
Henri Vidal, had 12 bookings. 
"Portrait of an Assassin" has the 
names of Eric Von Stroheim, Ar- 
letty, Pierre Brasseur to trade on. 
Maurice Chevalier is repped by two 
films, "The King" and "My 
Pomme." "Lost Souvenirs," a pic 
with four stories , put together via 
.four objects in the lost and found 
office, had the boxoffice names of 
Gerard- Philipe, Edwige Feuillere, 
Pierre Brasseur, Daniel Delorme 
and Ives Montand to get it intd 
top-booking category. 

Second grouping has such films 
as "Without Leaving an Address," 
a fragile story of a Country girl 
looking for her seducer in. a big 
town; "Night Spot," which has a 
lot of bare' breast and midriff but 
otherwise Is tedious; "Paris 
Nights," "The Prisoner," "The 
Renegade," "Judicial Identity," 
"Maya" and "Watch Out for 
Blondes." All fall into the more 
or less sexy or sensational category 
which lend themselves to hypoing. 

Third category has some out- 
standing quality films lauded by 
crix and festivals alike. "Justice 
Is Done" Is an attempt to study 
the intricacies and weaknesses ‘of 
human justice. "We Will Go to 
Paris" is an unpretentious musical 
that clicked here and abroad. "An- 
dalousle," a Franco-iSpanish musi- 
cal In color, went over well in the 
South American market. "The 
Cage for Girls" is a study of girls 
behind bars, being too preachy to 
make much dent on the U. S. mar 
ket, but has done well elsewhere. 


Soi Hurok Sets Barrault 
U. S. Tour Details in Paris 

Paris, June 24. 

Sol Hurok has just wrapped up 
negotiations here for transporting 
the Jean-Louis Barrault legit 
troupe stateside next fall. Reper- 
toire has not been decided as yet. 
Troupe of 30 will play Montreal 
Oct. 14, then go to N. Y., where 
It will open Nov. 11 for a four-week 
run. Theatre hasn’t been set as 
yet. Lee Shubert is affiliated with 
the venture. 

Impresario Hurok is also looking 
at the Latin American Ballet here 
for a possible U. S, tour. He's also 
interested in the Marcel Marceau 
Mime Co., which opened here at 
the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt to- 
night (24). Marceau how has a 
company of 20 and performs com- 
plete mime plays. He does "The 
Overcoat," based on Gogol, and 
"Pierrot de Montmartre," a more 
modern interpretation of the old 
Pierrot, plus his well-known num- 
ber as Rip, the little man. Mar- 
ceau’s is one of the first mime 
groups to go into big theatre. 

Hurok planes to London June 27 
for a huddle with Shubert. He 
comes back to wrap up his Paris 
affairs July 7. 


Sumac Reget for London 

London, June 24. 

Because of her success in Eng- 
land currently, Yma Sumac has 
been rebooked by Harry Foster to 
return here next year for 14 weeks. 
She Is 'due to come back early in 
May. 

Miss Sumac goes to Paris, open- 
ing at the Empire, in Maurice Che- 
valier’s show for seven days, in- 
stead of the Lido, where originally 
booked. Empire management would 
like her to stay indefinitely, but 
prior commitments make it impos- 
sible. 


Small to London For 

Prod, of 2 Brit. Pix 

•London, June 24, 
Edward Small is due. here this 
wecl^ from the Continent to launch 
production of two British pix. First 
will be "Khyber Pass,’’ to be lensed 
in Technicolor in India, hut with 
studio work to be completed in 
London.. The" second will be 
"Charge of the' 600," which will 
also be .filmed- partly on location. 

Small, who .will stay in London 
for about a week, •(VIll have con- 
fabs with ,his foreign chief, Moe 
Rotman, ;who has set tip his 
European headquarters here.' 

Free-For-All Battle 
Over Sunday Pix Shows 
, Looming in Queensland 

Brisbane, ,Jupe 24., 
Vexed , question of . Sabbath 
•screenings throughout the impor- 
tant. Queensland territory is .seen 
likely' to develop into a free-for-all 
battle within the next few weeks, 
according to tho.se familiar with 
what i^’ developing there; . 

ISuriday film shows have been op- 
erated for some time in key vaca- 
tion -spots on the South Cpast, In- 
clvidinif the popular 'resorts of Copl- 
angatta and Southport. Recently, 
however, cert|dn exhibitors have 
begun a Sabbath bid within a few 
iriiles of the city proper. This new 
n^ove is irksome to the major loops 
and semi-major interests, who op- 
pose the Sabbath operations gen- 
erally, • ■ 

Charles Munro, who operates a 
strong loop from the Brisbane sub- 
urbs to as far north as Cairns, said 
that if the minors go ahead with 
Sunday playdatCs, he will imme- 
diately pxake plans to throw open 
all his houses iii opposition. He 
has no intention of watching his 
trade slip away because of Sabbath 
suburban spread. 

Understood -that powerful trade 
unions will oppose a general Sab- 
bath spread in this territory. . A big 
conference of all exhib interests is 
set for Cairns early next month, 
and it is expected that plans will 
be blueprinted for blocking Sab- 
bath operations. 


Taboo in Sydney 

Sydney,. June 24. 

Following pressure from the 
Theatrical Employees’ Union and 
recent legal, action, Sabbath shows 
are now taboo here. Both,U. S. and 
British distributors declined to sup- 
ply product to the Sabbath bidders, 
product coming only from one for- 
eign source. 


Original Ballet Rnsse 
In Return Mexican Tour 

Mexico City, June 24. 

The Jate Col. de Basil's Original 
Ballet Russe has been inked to play 
Mexico by Francisco Sierra and his 
wife: Espeyanza Iris,' ex-operatic 
singers, who are now impresarios. 
Troupe is scheduled to open at 
their name house here, Teatro Iris, 
in August; play some dates here, 
and then go on the Mexican road. 

Troupe played'the Palace of Fine 
Arts (National Theatre) here eight 
years ago, with success.. 

Costlr Arg. Pjc 
Looks B.O. Winiier 

Buenos ^ircs, June 24 
"Dishonor," the most costly film 
yet produced'’ by an Argentine 
studio, has been doing exceptional 
biz at the Gran Rex Theatre here 
in the last fortnight, . Now: the pic 
is being, prepared by . Ihterameri- 
cana fop release in . the U. S. It 
Will be taken north...after July 10, 
by Clemente and Jose Lococo, 
owners of the Lococo Circuit of 
first-run theatre*.' The Lococos 
offered to take it to the U. S. for 
showing to American film indu*-' 
try execs as proof of . the progress 
achieved in local production. 

Although the film has been 
grossing well here, actually it* 
main draw Is an all-star cast, 
which include* Fanny Navarro, 
Tita Merello, . Mecha Ortiz, Alda 
Luz. ’Golde Flaml and Rosa- Rosen 
plus actors like George Rigaud, 
Francisco de Paula and Guillermo. 
Battaglia, . As president of the 
Eva Peron Entertainment Guild; 
Fanny 'Navarro has the strongest 
role. The film hasf considerable' 
propaganda content implying that 
prison life for women in .Atgen- 
ina was cruel before the Peron 
regime, but ha* , changed radically 
under his wife’s inspiration, . 

"El Baldio" (Lumiton),'^ released 
his month at the Opera, is another 
propaganda, pic, being intended to 
show the attractions of life in Ar- 
gentina for immigrants from Eu- 
rope. Considerable footage is 
taken up .with views of hospitals, 
orphanages, etc., built by Eva 
Peron. This opus has not had 
much local success. Foreign pro- 
ducers who have been working in 
Argentine film studios for some 
years are beginning to find the 
constant surveillance and interfer- 
ence irksome, and are .looking 
around for opportunities to trans- 
fer to other countries. 

In the meantime the major 
studios, Emelco and San Miguel, 
continue shuttered. Emelco’s fi- 
nancial position was actually 
stable enough to have allowed the 
studio to continue in operation, 
but the bankruptcy proceedings 
were hastened by a group of major 
stockholders who are desirous of 
buying in the studio’s assets 
cheaply. 



■Windup of Irs •^“"® 24. 


Patricia. KeaJ Leads • «i thi, 

USO Unit to Par East throughout the Aussie^ SS 

m , f n. ' Balance Of year points to even 
Tokyo, June 24. boxoffice via imported" 

Patricia Neal, WB. star, is set ductlons. 
to head the first U^O Camp Shows "Kiss Me, Kate" is currently h 
Celebrity unit to tour the Far East Melbo*v^Sic™ u”nder\?‘ 

Command since the Betty .Sutton banner with additional ' 
troupe speiiit the Easter holidays ahead ih this 

here. Scheduled to arrive ip July ^^Brigadobn," under sarne^m 
with Miss Neal are Johnny Grant, rnent, had a W-rnomh 
West Cpast disk jockey; Ginny continues powerful ‘ 


Jacksom^ TV vocalist; Pat Moran, Zealand"''™" ^ m New 

stunter for Jfilms; Joy -Windsor The British' comedy, “SeaKulu 
singer who has appeared at Giro s over Sorrento," current at^^tS 
and Moepmbo, and accprdipnist Comedy, Melbourne, l^kr l v! 
Tony Lavellp. . further solid- trade under the Wil! 

liamspn baimer. • 

Longhair - dare has been lush 
with grand opera at the Tivoli 
here, under the, sponsorship of th# 
Natlohal Opera, Group, The Kous. 
neteova Ballet i* due soon under 
the same sponsors. Probably the 
bigge'st -smash hit in the ballet 
field is the Borov^nsky Ballet up. 
der the Williamson management, 


Show Biz Gott All Out 
In Support of Le Clerc 
Garden Gala in Paris i 


Paris, July 1, 

The biK benefit, ‘.‘Kermesse Aux 
Etoiles" held here June 28-3() at the Another winner, is the National 
Garden of the Tuilleries had .show Ballet Co. at the Princess, 

hi* going all opt to Ml the-eo«e« ^*^^^0^0^. 

of the aid committee of ■ the Le plenty, of . longhair monev is 
Clefc . Division. This, is the fifth helping- the Shakespearean John 
big bazaar -arid a series of. stands Alden troupe via the Williamson 
has stars selling, products donated -management. . It is presently In 
by manufacturers and enticing, the Brisbane playing "Merry Wives of 
crowds by giving autographs with Windsor" following clicks in Syd- 
each purchase. hey and Melbourne. 

Many • international stars attend- Wrap-up of th.e. first half of the 
ed'. Among the U. S. were Clark, year shows aoUd biz for the David 
Gable, - Orson Welles, • Gregory N, Martin Tivoli vaude-revue loop. 
Peck, Danny Kaye, George Raft, Martin begin* second half span 
Claudette Colbert, Gene Kelly, with, one of the biggest shows yet 
Gene Tierney, Errol r Flynn and itttported Down. Under, the British 
Evelyn Keyes.. GilUc-show biz peo- Fohes Bergere, due at Tivoli hen 
pic included Edith Piaf, .Simone early in July. 

Simon, Jeari-Pierr^ Aumont, Pan- 
icle Delorme, Pierre Brasseur, I i l •, «•, 

Claude Dauphin, Ludmilla Tcheri- LOlMlOll LCKlt BltS 

na and Noel-Noel. y- 7 t 

The Baron de Rothschild is offer- _ - „ . London, Jime 24, 

ing a dqor prize ,of a full blooded 

of'thfGrlSd ^ di^uw for t,ift 

wn the winners of the Grand jjjg jvfCA. agents . . . Robert Mor- 

Prize race, ley quits his ’star role ih "The Lit- 

An amusing sidelight to celeb' in- tic Hut" at the Lyric, July 28, with 

vites was the refusal of badboy ex- Robert Flemyng- replacing . . , Jei- 

convict writer, Jean Genet, whose *1® Royce Landis returns to New 

refusal was in keeping with his un- York in early August for a holiday, 

orthodox personality. He got some intends to return to London to 

more notorious publicity when he a ^W show In the fall, * 

refused to go because as af convict - Wai^a PauI to produce ^new 


who served time for desertion and 
as a man who despised all military 
greats and heroics he felt he would 
not be too welcome. As an ex-^on- 
vict he also stated there would ^ 
the danger of his picking pockets 
and snatching handbags. Also as a 
notorious glorifier of eroticism he 
would be autographing only por- 
nographic books which might shock 
the clientele. And then in typical 
Gallic fashlOQ he begged off in dis- 
tributing mimeographed copies of 
this letter to all his friends and ad- 
mirers. 


Legit Shows Abroad 


LONDON 

(Week ending July 5) 

(FigureK Indicate opening date) 
''After My F«*hlen," Ardb. (5-21). 

"And Jf* te ■#<(," Strand <l0-2i-01). 

"»et Yeur Life," Hlppodronje (2-27). 
"Cell M* Madam," Collsacum (3-2ti). 

Duchess (3-19). 
"Ixcitament," Casino (3-19). 

"Oav De«," PUicadllly (ff-lO). 

"UttU Hut," Lyric (10-13-90). 

"Lendo'n Laughs," Adelphi (4-23). 

** CeleneU," Wyn. (6-6-Sl). 
Masbeth," Shakespeare Mem. 

"Meet Callehan," Garrick. 

"Mr, Pickwick," Westminster. 

Much Ade Nothing," Phoenix. 

' Murder In Metlev," -Fortune (6-18). 

) C*r‘!.** 'Wales (7-4-51). 

•til* X*'"*' S*voy (12-12-51). 
"ReluOant Heroes," White. (0-27-50), 
'Ranch In Rockies," BmpresaT (6-11). 

aorrento," Apollo (0-20-50), 
„J*"t?l Drury Lane (11-7-51), 

"IW^ l^dness," VaudeviUe (5-28). 
aycemere Tree," Aldwych. 

'' •? Moon," Haymarket (0-2-51). 
-^’vrnoY," St. James's (4-0). 
"Woman of Twilight," Vic. Pal. (6-18). 
735," Comedy (6-18), 

Zip Oots a Million," Palace (11-7-51). 

-5***,", Criterion (6-30). 

' Trap,^' York's (7-1). 

Two eontltmen," Old VIc (6-30), 


'MEXICO CITY 

(Week ending June 21) 
"Color of Skin," Colon. 

y'^*' the Ilf," Ideal. 

Tartu ffe," Mollcrc. 

Racks," Bolivar. 
;E^w*rd'i Sons," Caracol. 
"Adela's (Jiq^" Chopin. 


SCOTUND 

(Week ending Juno 28) 

Lyceum, Edinburgh. 
CI 0 M," Royal, Glasgow. 
ddXv* Loflins/ MetcVipole. tiJaNtfow. 
,,Vm Moon," Alhambra, Glas. 

All Murderers," Byre, St. And. 


PARIS’ 

(Week ending Jun« 14) 

"Amant de Mmt. Vidal," Antoine. 
"Rack Street," Fontaing. 

‘ *1,^ V* Anges," AiAbassadeurs. 
St.-Ameur, ' (Casino Montparnasse. 
D eloguee de* Carmelites," Hebertot, 
•“ a DormI," Huehefte. 

"Den D'Adele," Wagram. 

Con a L'Ant," Comedle. 

"Duchoes D'Alguos," Michel. 

''Dugudu," Bruyere. 

"Iloctro/' Noctamtaules. 

Galte. Montparnaijse. 

S St Martin. 

Paris," Casino de PArls. 

St. Georges. 

' Horitioro, Mathurins. 

, Paralt," Nouveaute*. 

' M*«»»«th," Renaissance. 

V. Colombier. 
Calotto," Michodlere. 
"Occup^Tol Minimum," Palais-Royal. 
Madomolsollo," Varletes. 
Pommo Loth," Montp.-Baty. 
"PUIn Pou," Empire. 

Terre Comw* An Clel," Athenee. 
“•* Awtrey' AteUer. 

"Tout Pour Illo," Bouffes. 

Mogador. 

Vrale Polio," Folles-Bcrgere. 


'Shadow' Folds in 8 Weeks 

Manchester, June 24. 

After a run of eight weeks, the 
now comedy-thriller "Shadow of a 
Man," which starred Sonny Tufts, 
folded at the Opera House here 
June, 21. Play had been destined 
for the West End in London. It ran 
into spotty notices from the crix 
on its warming-up tour. 

i Tufts starts filming soon in a 
' new British pic about the dam- 
' busting exploits of Guy Gibson. 


MADRID 


(Week ending June 21) 

Pelece," Alcazar. 

"•Twe MM I lens fer Twe," Fuencaral. 

Infanta Isabel. 

YIelettes," Lope de Vega. 
'^Thls Wey t* Andeluzla," Price. * 

OIrl Rull Fighters," Zarzuela. 

BUENOS AIRES 

//w, . ending June 14) 

"MI Suegre," Apolo, 

teWMen," Ateneo, 

"De Rspene Liege," Argentine. 

^SF*^**,* '*• Astral, 

Amer," Casino. 

Comedia. 

Checi-a ei Peleeetel," Cornice, 

bT nLoJi'! CorrlmtM. 

nr,;;; a 

; La Maleuerida," Odeon, 

, Tlcrra del Destine," Pueblo, 
^^••■^•r^lded," Empire. 

; Ladronclte," Splendid. 

LasaUe. 

"Medea," NueVo. 

•" Smart. 

Amer," Vers. 

"La Vtrdad Ires Tw," Pat. 

.AUSTRAXIA 

CWeck ending Juno 13) 

Sydney. 

"Kiwis," Empire, Sydney. 

■ "icu?*igu Mercury, Sydney. 

'ft*^***'. ^^Aiesty’s, Melbourne, 
bouroe**^ * Serrento," Comedy, Mel- 


show by Janet Green titled "Teddy 
Bear’s Picnic." It goes into re* 
hearsal end of August, with Rvy 
Rich directing . . . Marguerite PI* 
azza'g TV appearance has resulted 
in legit offers. Tom Arnold want! 
her to star in a new show in the 
West End next year. Meanwhile, 
American singer has gone to Paris 
and will visit other parts of the 
Continent. * 


Odilon piwy Due 

London, June 24, 

A further* installment against the 
dividend arrears pn the 6% pref- 
erence stock in J. Arthur. h,ank’j 
Odeon Theatres, covering the half 
year whi(Sh ended .in July last year, 
Is to be paid in the near future. 
Since last September two years 
of arrears have Been cleared oft 
Total value of the preference stock 
is $7,700,000. 

Naw Aussie Setup for Wilcox 
Sydney, June 24. 

The Herbert Wilcox tieup ww 
Republic will see a distributioa 
switch of the Wilcox-Anna Neagie- 
pix In Aussie. This output was pr^ 
viously through London Films on 
Universal distribution. New tieup 
now means that product will he ms* 
tributed via aOth-Fox, to . which 
public is allied. , ... 

Release wiU- be through tw 
Hoyts pic circuit, the same as u • 
der the former U tieup. 

British City Bans ‘La Ronde’ 
Stoke, England, June 1A< 
Complaints received jh 

ma patrons here have resuiieu. 
the banning of the filiu« 
Ronde." , 

J. E. Hulme, chairman of ^ 
Stoke-on-Trent Watch Comm tee. 
said the film "is nothing but , 
glorification of sex an(l seduct • 
But the committee will view 
film. ^ 

Piddinjrtons Retiring In Sept* 
Belfast, June 
Sydney and Lesley 
Australian tliought-rcading • j 
rently playing vaude in h 
will retire^ from show biz m 
tember. 


Ldm>6H' OFI^iei 

f ' sfi Martib't' 



Of Cooperation for All Branches 


Mexico City; June 24, ■ 

Facelifting 

ihid time featuwtf^ streamUning^ 
^ pnding mdnop<?ltesf In produc- 
fii disWbution antf ejcWbiUon is 
Sf the DTOcess of'beinE uMdert«k*ii 
«aln President Miguel:- AJe- 
at 'the two*®up,>tetvlcw 
S reps of alt teaUelies ot the- 
Side, ineludinKlabnr. Qkayed, con- 
Snally, the 

Lpers drafted to .rehaWUtate the 
W? »d agreed to **«’ 

races in toe bit H*- told the in- 
aSstry reps that he hopes fflm 
hiz will be running, ttmoothly by 

rwac 1 when the n^ president 
fakes over for the next six-year 


The new program- ffeAtiires; 

Three top studioSy Chtimbusco, 
Teocyac and Satr ’Aiig^ Xnn; arer 
to ^rm operating;- companies- that 
will regulate all- phases of’ produe- 
tidn* each company Will- form dis- 
tribution service for pix in^ Mex- 
ico* the government: • (through- the 
National Cinematographic Board) 
will rule production on the baiSis of 
balancing it as to output and dex 
mand (labor will befhUy protected? 
in' this setup)’. Bllminatlonv. /of- 
financing Individual eXhlbitbrs, vvill' 
be covered by blanket llnanclhg. of 
the industry through its; own: baiik; 
the semi-official Bhhca Nacional 
Cinematografico, or-4»y private in-- 

stitutions. ’v ' . 

Studios’ companies will be iner- 
cantlle firms, capital ' of each hew- 
ing provided 5(f50 by 'the studiok: 
ahd biggest prodddiigl producers; 
producers will- pay- fhk stiidlbs’' 
through thte companier'and the stu- 
dios will deposit thosi* payments -in 
the bank. bistfibUtldn compilmibs’ 
setup will be ' at cost for* servicing 
Mexico so as riot to cut producers’ 
profits while present distrihutiori 
service for the TX. B. 'and else- 
where abroad -will, continue. Pro- 
gram sponsors say thls^dist^ibut^on 
will 'be a big lift to marketing pix 
at home and abroad. 

Government, through the NCB, 
will control production on the basis 
of the studios, the 'bank and labor 
to decide just what each year’s outt 
put must be. Control will apply 
only to government-flinanced films. 
Programists figure that under their 
plan each pic will cost $69,300, with 
coin being written off within 10 
months in Mexico, Program, calls 
for an annual top of .96 officially- 
financed pix. 

NCB is mulling requests by some 
producers that the bank forthwith 
provide $2,890,000 for pix- produc- 
tion. Other producers object on 
the ground that- tlie plan is too 
much like a government subsidy. 
They also argue that this much 
coin would only make 12 pix, a 
mere drop in the bucket of pro- 
duction. 


Icfwa GirllGgbkiidm ' 
Get Biid from ScoU 

Dundee, Jttne 24. 

The civic authorities here have 
unanimously voted against a- visit 
of the “Scottish^ Highlanders” Pipe 
Band’- from Iowa State TJ, unless 
private individuals- care toi f ocft tke 
$'750> bill. The- outfit, consisting of 
65 femmes, claims tn be the' latest 
and most expensively-dressed in 
the world. 

' Proposed trip oj&. the gals- to the 
Auld Dang Syne land has caused 
much controversy here. CoMedlans 
are cracking gags about ’em. In 
the “Half-Past Eight” revue at the 
King’s Theatre; Edinburgh; Hanry 
Gordon, Scot comic, is offering' a | 
new- number,, “I’m the Oldest Lady 
Piper in the Towa Pipe' Band.”* 



* Paris, June 24. 

'The Council of' Ministers here 
approved the replacement of Michel 
Fourre-Cormcray by -Jacques Flaud 
asithe director of the* National. Cen- 
ter of Cinema' this Week. This move 
had’ been bruited’ around; for weeks 
and came just when the Franco- 
American pic accord talks had 
started into full swing.. 

The post that Fourre-Cormeray 
held' will not be filled until the 
talks are over because he is playing 
an important role in the confabs 
as heaid of the French contingent. 
His ousting primarily stems from 
the charge that he was unable to 
handle the Commie elements in the 
film -industry. ' 

One of the last agreements of 
the NCC^ under Pormeray was. td 
put into effect the d'ecistpn of the 
Syndicat of Cinema Production on 
the problem of tlie exhibitors’ de- 
mands for permitting houses to 
hiive two new programs weekly 
rather than the one now 'in effect. 
Groups came ta the opinion that 
the one week minimum w'oUld have' 
to be kept in most houses fo avoid 
establishing' a buyer’s market and 
creating a need for more pix at a 
time when the Frencb government 
was demanding a cut in American 
product at the accord talks. 


BBG-TV TO SHOW PARIS 
NIGHT SPOTS IN AfnrON 


British Equity Demands 
Halt Legit Shows’ Plans 
ToCashinOnTVBally 

London, July 1. 
After the boxoffice spurt that 
followed the telecasting of an ex- 
cerpt from “Reluctant Heroes” a 
; ww weeks back, a number of West 
: End managements have taken -the 
; initiative to cash in on this free 
commercial. Four shows have been 
; lined up for July but there are un- 
; likely to be any more jfifter that for 
' some time. ' » , 

E The difficulty that has- arisen is 
i making of either , the 

British Broadcasting Corp. or of 
; Tendon legit managements. It is 
to a dispute over what 
nould be paid to the artists, which 
nfitt initiated by demands sub- 
^ muted by British Equity. They are 
! ^ i^iniraum of $44 for each 

r rtin # ^ against the normal stu- 
- hv Compromise offer 

: Th ¥ thespers’ union. 
UraneL- • shows scheduled for 
month are “Bet 
menf-^T^®, tonight (T^jes), “E;ccite- 
VernnoI^^T^,^’ *"^wo Gentlemen of 
MimS;.. "Zip Goes 

will be 

- ^ T- 

from Glynde 


20. in addition theri 

oners performance of th 

«pera ‘Macbeth” 

tourne July 25 


Previouslj 

Heat E™toager Europe and 

fonmnnv l! last week 

Schuler.^ Hichard W. 


London, July 1. 

A difect transmission from the 
leading night spots of Paris will be 

a ■ highspot of the Fr'anco-British 
week which will be featured on the' 
British Broadcasting Corp.-TV pro- 
grams beginning next Tuesday- (8): 
The week will culminate with the 
July 14 celebrations which will in- 
clude a march past at the Arc de 
Triomplxe,' arid a torchlight proces- 
sion at night. The program will 
last until nearly midnight, or .more 
than an hour after normal BBC 
closing, .time, . ' , 

The- Franco-British tieup Will 
open with an interview . by the 
French Ambassador in London, and 
is to 'be followed by a talk by the 
British Ai^bassador in Paris. Pro- 
grams during the week will high- 
light Paris as a ‘city of the arts, as 
a centre of elegance and a hub of 
gaiety. Program is rieingjointly ad- 
ministered by the- BBC and the 
Radiodiffusion et Television Frjan- 
caises. 


Command Film Shows’ 

Net $439,000 Since ’46 

London, July 1, 

Since the Royal Command .Film 
Performances were started in. 1946, 
a total of $439,060 had been added 
to the’ coffers of the Cinematograph 
Trade Benevolent Fund. These 
.figures were given at the annual 
meeting, of the fund by Reginald- C. 
Bromhead. 

Bromhead confirmed that the 
queen had consented to become a 
patron of the fund ahd would at- 
tend this year's gala Oct. 27. There 
would also be replica shows in 
Leeds and LiverpooL 



inturnationajl 



Clements Doing Tours^ 

In London as ‘Mamage^ 

A new version of a play that ran 
on Broadway last year for nine 
weeks is scheduled to open in 
London after a short provincial 
tour. It is based on a French stage 
play by Jean Bernard Luc. The 
American version was called 
“Faithfully Yours,” and starred 
Robert Cummings and Ann Soth" 
erft. 

The British translation will be 
known as “The Happy Marriage.” 
It has been adapted' by John. Clemr 
ents, who will, star In it with his 
wife, Kay Hammond. 


ToYe » Indies’ Clieko 
Bitf Sets Paris Opera 



N«t 

Baris, June 24. 

First revival of Rameau’s opera, 
“Love in the Judies,” staged’ orig- 
inally in 1735, has already cost the 
Paris Opel**' $120,000 and the bills, 
are still rolling in. Payoff is tin- 
predictable, as it will take- months 


[to discover what’S what* financially; 
.Government automatically foots all- 
[ the Opera’s layout, but production 
•marks high m postwar thealnrical- 
expenditure. ^ Show would prob- 
ably' be prohibitive for any inde- 
pendent, un-subsldized French pro- 
ducer. 


Gala* opening Friday (20) • saw 
the President and all top govern- 
mentf .officials bn 'hand:- Opera 
lasted four hours, starting 4t 8:30, 
with only one brfeak. All singers 
and members of Opera ballet^corps 
were mobilized _f of ev«;nt. Opera’s 
chief designers-^M. M: Arbus, Jac- 
ques DUpont, Wakhevitch, Gazou, 
Fost, Moulene and Chaelain-Midy 
— all contributed -to the lavish 
staging. Serge LIfar dancers in 
it, and with A. Aveline and H. Lan- 
der arranged the choreography. 
All the troupe’s top singers are in 
the cast. . 

Plan is to run the show as it now 
stands until the Opera closes for 
a summer holiday. Next season 
one of its four acts will be staged, 
each Tyesdhy night, with a* Ballet 
program making up the rest of 
,biU. “Indies” i^ a big click right 
now, but its high running cost 
makes a- complete payback an' un- 
likely prospect. Big buildup and 
good, notices helped, as tickets arp 
hard to come by now, as show has 
roused both natives and tourist in- 
i terest. 


Paris, June- 24. 

Pic on the life of Gallic painter 
Toulouse-Lautrec went before the 
Technicolor cameras here Monday 
(23). Four weeks of exteriors will 
be done, here and seven week stu- 
dio schedule will unwind in British 
studios. Pic is a Romulus-Huston 
production making it an Anglo- 
American production like the pred- 
ecessor, . “The African Queen.” 
■United Artists will distribute. 

John Huston is directing and also 
scripted along with Anthony Veil- 
ler, Veiller is also producing, Jose 
Ferrer i§ playing the dwarf painter. 
Colette Marchand, in her first big 
film role, is doing the role of 
Charlet, the prostie friend of 
Lautrec. Zsa Zsa Gabor is to play 
Jane Avril while Suzanile Flon, 
French thesp, will play Myriamme, 

Welles Readies ‘Caesar’ 

For Production in Rome 

Rome, June 24. 

Orson Welles, here from Nice, 
has revealed that he is going to 
ready his. own production of “Ju- 
lius Caesar,” which he will produce 
and direct. All lensing will be dbne 
in Caesar’s home town,' Rome'. 

Welles, claiming he is tired of 
playing Brutus, will play thb role 
of Anthony. He is negotiating with 
Alec Guiness arid Trevor Howard 
for other leading parts; 

Crowd scenes start July 12. John 
Sheppridge, Welles’-, assistant and 
film editor, plane^ in from Baris 
to assist on final plans. 

Welles said that he is not a mem- 
er of any producer organization in 
America, and, hence, it was not 
necessary to register his intentions 
of making “Caesar.” Asked about 
“Othello,” Orson was happy it had 
won recognition at the Cannes Film 
Festival. He said a major Ameri- 
can company has m'lde a bid to dis- 
tribute it in the U. S. 


0 


Labor Partv Raps Govt. 


London, July 1. 

Refusal of the government to 
pro.secut« the Empire, Leicester 
Square, Metro’s main showcase 
here, for quota default, was chal- 
lenged by the Labor opposition in 
the House of Commons; last Thurs)- 
day (26), but Board* of Trade 
prexy Peter Thorneyeroft stood 
firjn on the recommendation hand- 
ed to him by the Films Council. 

Stephen Swingler, • who. raised 
the questibn; asserted that the- 
Coundrs advice showed a complete 
contempt for the law. Thorncy- 
croft retaliated by reminding tlie 
House that his. decision was based 
on. advice' given by the Films Coun- 
cil which was set up by the Labor 
Government. 


a- 


^ London, July ,1. 

With prosecutions pending - for 
quota default on the supporting 
program, London exhibitors are 
hitting out against the unrealistic 
nature of this aspect qf the Films 
Act which requires British the- 
a-fcres to show 2fi:% BWtish-made 
product in the second feature cata- 
gory. 

In reviewing dftfauTts by exhibi- 
tors in the 1950-51 quota year, the 
Films Council agreed tha^ most- 
cases •-of failure to' meet the de- 
mand on first feature*; were due to 
reasons beyond the* exhltorf .control. 
But they considered' that violations 
on the supporting quota merited 
l^rosecution. Among thoae singled 
out for legal action was the J. Ar- 
thur Rank Organhcatlon, with Sev- 
eral of its theatre* toi be brought 
before the courts,. 

At the half-yearly meeting of the 
London and! Home' Counties branch 
of the Cinematograph Eiahibitors 
Assn. Chairman Charles; H. “V, 
Brown figured that altogether there 
were only 26 'second features of 
over 5,000 feet available in the 
year ended last October. A fur- 
ther 36 featurettes (3,000 to 5,(XW. 
feet) were available at the same 
time. 


Genoa, June 24, 

The patriotic film is on the up- 
beat, in Italy, Shelved since Fascist 
days and the wartime period, the 
flag^vaving themes, already done 
extensively in many Italian publi- 
cations, are- being taken up with in- 
creasing frequency by local pic 
planners^ Preceded some time ago 
by “The Flame That Never Dies,” 
glorifying the. Carabinieri Corps, 
other subjects stressing heroics 
have recently been completed or 
are being planned. Already in the 
can are such films as “I Sette Dell 
Orsa Maggiore”. (Pontc*-DeLauren- 
tiis), starring Eleonora- Rdssi and a 
group of navy officers; Clnes’ multi- 
episoder,. “In Days,” which 

spotlights the heroism of a Sar- 
dinian, drummer boy. 

Lux Filriis has two such items 
ready for release: Pietro Germi’s 
(‘The- Bandit of Tacca Del Lupo” 
and “Carica Eroica,” directed by 
Francesco DeRoberds, latter .about 
a heroic Italian cavalry charge on 
the Russian front during the last 
war. Manderfilms is^ prepping 
“Black Feathers” for an early start 
on location in a World War I battle 
area. 

; Among other pix slated to spot- 
light. heroics or patriotism are 
Flora Films’ “Lieut. George,” with 
Massimo Glrotti and- Eduardo Cian- 
elli, and Colamdnici’s “The Plave 
Legend,” to be directed by Ri.ccar- 
do Freda. Last named deals with 
the battle on the Piave river in the 
first World War. 


YANK'ANGEL’BIGDRAW 
IN NEW BERLIN GUISE 

Berlin, June 24. 

Paul Gordon, . who produced 
“The Bad Angel,” by Victor Clem- 
ent and Francis Swann, at the 
Phoenix Theatre, Hollywood, in 
1946, staged the. same play here 
under title of “Der Gotlose Engel.” 
Comedy, which deals with gam- 
blers, is- a big draw at the Berlin 
Komoedie. 

Gordon also is prepping a series 
of tele films. He expects to be 
back in the U. S, in late fall. .- 


ABPC Net $1,432,100 
In '51-’52, Off $420,000 

London, July 1; 

With trading profits amounting 
to $5,554,000, the Associated Brit- 
ish Picture Corp. results for the 
year ended last March 31, show* a 
decline of $420,000. The dividend, 
however, remains at 20%, the di- 
rectors having announced a final 
payment of 12V^% following the 
interim divvy of 7V^% agreed on 
several months ago. 

Taxation cut into more than h*lf 
of the trading profits. Amount to 
be paid to the treasury exceeds 
$2,360,000. After payment of in- 
terest and allowing for deprecia- 
tion and amortization, the company 
had a net profit of $1,482,100. Fig- 
ure for the previous year waff $1,- 
858,000. 


The branch chairman pointed 
out that a* large number of these 
featurettes were documentaries 
whldli could not ‘ be classified as 
enteatainment, and that it was un-. 
realistic to put in shox'ts to make 
up the program. 0 

Certain, exhibs, trying to keep 
on the right 'side of the law, had 
been putting in second feature re- 
issues- but Brown thought this 
could' be* damaging to other the- 
atres, who might be forced to do 
the same; 

Lesser to Make ‘Chiffon’ 

In Btitoin With Dayis 
As Stor; Also 2d Film 

London, July 1. 

Two British coproduction ven- 
tures are being, lined up by Sol 
Lesser, who came back to London 
bn a quickie from the Continent 
last week. After a short stay, he 
checked out for Scandinavia but 
will return to finalize details. 

First of the two will be a pic- 
turization of Lesley Storm’s “Black 
Chiffon,” which was a hit on the 
London stage two seasons ago. 
Flora Robson starred in the legit 
verslbn, but the screen role will be 
played in London by Bette Davis. 
Production is budgeted at upwards 
of $550,000. Lesser is contributing 
the dollar expenditure which in- 
cludes the star, property, script and 
director; Film will be produced in 
Britain by Sydney Box, and besides 
Miss Davis it is likely that an all- 
British cast will be reeruited. ' 
Compton Bennett is the likely di- 
rector. 

A distribution deal is now being 
negotiated and -it is probable that 
it will have a world-wide outlet 
through Columbia. 

The story rights were acquired 
by Lesser from John Wildberg who, 
wliile having no active interest in 
the production, will participate in 
the profits. Miss Davis, too, shares 
in the earnings of the film. Part 
of her salary is Iri the nature of a 
deferrment. 

Second production slated by Les- 
ser is based on the Thomas Buchan- 
an novel, “Civilian Clothes,” which 
will be brought up to date. No 
deal has been made on distribution 
or stars. 

Lesser also revealed that his Hol- 
lywood outfit was prepping a docu- 
mentary production entitled, 
“Queen to Queen,” which would' 
trace British history from the reign 
of Queen Victoria to the present 
time. It would be available for 
American TV at the time of Eliza- 
beth’s coronation next June, and 
would be given British theatrical 
distribution at the- same time. 


Benny to Be Queen’s Gu6st 

Glasgow, June 24. 

After ' his July 14 week at the 
Empire Theatre here, Jack Benny 
will plane to Holland to be the 
guest for a few days of Queen 
Juliana and Prince Bernhard there. 
They first met in 1948 and again 
earlier this year in Los Angeles. 

His date here will be Benny’s 
first time in Scotland. 





p^g0^M9!t 

MvstfV lfii*^iy ! 


The product Paramount has concentrated into the 
six months starting in ifuiy, is, we beiieve, without 
precedent in our industry. Every singie one of the 13 
pictures scheduied is the kind of top box office mer> . 
chandise that in the past was considered as a ^‘special." 

I 

Plus values abound big stars — big production ~~ A 
MUSICAL A MONTH ! AND 9 OUT OF 13 ARE IN 
COLOR BY TECHNICOLOR! 

With these pictures, released one right after another, 
the months ahead can be the most profitable in the 
history of exhibition. So we say: ''Let the flags wave for 
the biggest six months iine-up of money-making attrac- / 


■ 


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by TtCRNiCOlOR 


Starring 
Betty Hutton 
Halph Meeker 



SM/7H 

Color by TECHNICOLOR 


larr 



Yvonne DeCarlo^John irelai 
James Craig f Forrest Tucker 
Lyle Bettger« Richard Arlen 
Nat Holt Production 









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itarrlng 

Ijiurenes Olivier 
Jennifer Jenes 

with 

Miriam Hopbine 
lEddie Albert: 


IBettf' Hutfoh: 
4i(tiiel Wifde 
chaHten 

DorothyLeim^r 

Gloria 

James Stewart . 


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starring 

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis 

co-starring 

Mona Freeman 



starring 
Bob Hope 
Jane Russell 

Roy Rogers 
and 

‘Trigger’^ 


pins 

n Payne * Arlene Dahl 
Cedrle Hardwieke 
Francis L. Sullivan 
Willard Parker^ . 
hm H. Pine and 
lam c. Thonnas Production 






starring 

Charlton Heston 

with 

Susan Morrow 
Peter Hanson 
Joan Taylor 



starring 
Bing Crosby 
Jane Wyman 
Ethel Barrymoro 


•hrrlng 

^hn Payne with 
Deinaresl 
Agnes MoorehiMid 
«*chard Arlen 
Msan Morrow 
JljJiam He Pine and 
c, Thomas 

*^r®duction 



sterring . 

Glynrs Johns 
Higol l^atrick 
J^ay Walsh 
Boland Culver 



starring 
Bing Crosby 
Bob Hope 
Dorothy Lamour 




PICVCTRKS 



JnXy 2. 



Help Upswing in 


Big upswing in Paramotint’s-f' 
l^oss business was attributable ib | 
large part this week to the fact, 
tl-at the company had a total of 
eight films which went into release 
over the past 12-month period, and 
each of these chalked up domestic 
distribution revenue of over $3,- 
000,000. That’s strictly blue-chips 
coin, particularly in the current 
market. 

Bist of big money-makers for the 
July 1, ’51-June 30, ’52 season com- 
prised “That’s My Boy/’ “Here 
Comes the Groom,’’ “Place in the 
Sun,’’ “Detective Story," “My Fa- 
voiite Spy,’’ “Sailor Beware,’’ “Red 
Mountain’’ and “Greatest Show on 
Earth.’’ / ' 

$10,900,000 Year’s Increase 
In the first half of that full-year 
selling period "Par’s total gross 
business climbed to $49,'70Q,000. 
The six moidbs of the previous 
year brought $42,400,000. Thus the 
gain amounted to $7,300,000, Last 
half of the 1950-51 frame gave Par 
about $44,800,000. Last half of the 
new selling year» ended Monday 
(30), is figured to have resulted 
in a gross take of an estimated 
$48,400,000, bringing the total 12- 
n*onth increase to $10,900,000. 

Par’s other sources of income 
must be considered, of course, such 
as Canadian theatre holdings and 
its stock in DuMont Laboratories, 
But in any event it’s clear, ob- 
servers say, that a string of eight 
pix drawing above $3,000,000, in 
some cases well above that level, 
in domestic rentals alone, is plenty 
impressive and contributes greatly 
to the financial upbeat. 

“Greatest Show’’ wound up in 
the golden circle of big click pix 
op the basis of only 306 pre-re- 
lease engagements. These were in 
top theatres where unusually long 
runs were registered. Cecil B. 
DeMille production is now swing- 
ing into general release. 

Omaha Pix Assessments 
Cut Due to Slipping Biz 

Omaha, July 1. 

Assessed valuations on all ex- 
cept three Omaha film theatres 
were reduced from 10 to 50% by 
the appraisal board . of the Board 
of Equalization." Reason given was 
“declining, business.’’ Theatres 
freely showed their books to press 
their plea for a cut in the tax, 

" Three houses not cut were those 
being leased by the operator. 


Hollywood, July 1. 
Chill WiUs, the voice of Francis 
the Mule, signed for ji featured 
role in Metro “Small Town GirF’ 

M 1 * 1 ' Y* - ...Tom Neal and Barbara Peyton 

WB Canadian Sales Force 
Conclave Set for Toronto 

Conclave of its Canadian sales mittCe of the Screen Producers 
force will be held by Warner Bros. Guild, . .William 

in Toronto July 8-9. Ben Kalmen- gie “Fair Wind 

son’ distrib chief, will head th,^ Republic., .Jon $ pep odd and 

hoifieoffice. delegation which WiU I^^^LSck 

attend. In addition to key sales You ’^tak 

execs h o pub and ad toppers are 

expected to be on hand. novel by Lea Sayagev 

Last week Kalnjenson and. Roy jr0|,tt Hodiak will co-star with 
Haines, western division sales man- John Derek in. Columbia’s “Am- 
ager, were in Chicago, to set up bush at Tomahawk," to be directed 
dates for “Where’s Charley?’’ etc. by Fred F. Sears. . .Rod Rijdwing 

plays a sharpshooter in the Gene 


Thi Nation, in a special issue last week devoted to civil i, 
and threats thereto, lists what are purported to be five quest)n«o 
all studio employees on “American Legion lists” have been ren« , ^ 
to answer. Persons on the lists, handed to the studios a coudIa 
ago, are alleged by the Legion to be suspect regarding frieS^* 
toward Communism* by’ having been members of so-called “suCf*'* 


Tine Films Fest 

T *• 

PreppedbyPar 



Autry starrer, “Winning of the 
West," at Columbia. Louis Let- 
tierl drew the moppet role- in 
“Stop, You’re Killing. Me” at War- 
ners ... Columbia’s “The Outlan- 
ders” will be released as “Hang- 
man’s Knot”. .. Chuck -Walters will 
direct “Dangerous J-When Wet,” 
starring Esther Williams, at 
Metro. . .When Tib Dsmoue is dis- 
charged from the Aimy, he will 
play the. male lead opposite Jane 
Powell in Metro's “Baby Needs 
^ Bhoes”. . .Metro took aix option on 

Films which In past wom.big crit- Marjorie )£inhau Rawliur 

ical acclaim are shortly to be of- novel, -“The Sojourner/V 
fered by Paramount under a “Fes- John Houseman /will produce 
tival of Fine Films” ^banner — or Metro’s “Easy to liOVe/’. starring 
some similar title — to exhibs fcr Lana Turner. ..Marilyn .Monroe 
midweek and off-4i«ie dates.' Idea, will sing “Miss,” a new tune by 
which already has received notice Lionel Newman and HaVen Me- 
of some exhib approval, originated Quarrie, in Metro’s ’^Niagara” . . . 
with Dick Frank, Par’s branch Paramount lifted Ernest Lehman’s 
manager of Indianapolis. ' writer option and assi^ed.- him to 

«« Vile, nwn cATif ft, if 5, sctipt “South Sca Story’L . . Sam 
Frank, ® Marx and Jerry Bresler credited 

letter to. theatremen in his area co-producers on Columbia’s “As- 
which suggested booking the p^ signment — Paris”. ...Kenneth 
for the off-time.penqds which are. (Garnet signed a producer-writer 


to the Nation, are; (1) "is xnis soc’ w ’ Tue reasons for 
organizations cited In the charges.” (3) “Th« people who invltp^ . 
to join.” (4) “Did you invite others to join?” and (5) “Did you 
When?” 

Mag’s section bn films is bylined “X,” which it explains k ti, 
pseudonym for “a group of top-flight writers who have important 
ions in major Hollywood studios.” Piece details the industry’s % ‘ 
)easement” of various groups that have investigated or charged tS ^ 
|dm colony with harboring Communists, • starting with the House 
American Activities Committee prjihe in 1947. It points out that 
matters stand today, Hollywood is using half a dozen blacklists as wSi 
as supplementary graylists based upon the vaguest sort of innuendo^ 
Adding that studios are hiring their own- investigators. Nation artlci* 
remarks: “Quite likely the talent scouts who once signed up yoiuJJ 
starlets are now combing the country for promising ex-FBI men” * 

Windup paragraph states; “It is the opinion' of the seasoned if not 
shell-shocked observers out here that if the industry goes all the wav 
with, appeasement of the Legion or any other pressure group on th« 
setting pf . standards for employability, it will finally deliver Itself to 
the Sokolskys, McCarthys and Wage Earners Committee. After that 
there can only be darkness and television.” 

Screen Actors Guild and lATSE were deeply interested by the an. 
noimcement that John Carpenter .would produce and star in a serlei 
of six caters, “The Fighting Marshal,” for Royal West Produptlons 
Spokesmen for the two groups declared Carpenter would have to put- 
up the .coin in advance for each picture. Some time ago he made “Son 
of- the Oiitiaw" »nd ran out of money. Jack Schwartz, who took over 
the ' deal at the time, also ran out of cash and his contract With the 
unions and guild was voided. To date, Royal West Productipns hai 
no contract with SAG. ^ 

George Eastman House^ of Photography at Rochester, N. Y., will he 
open all summer. Ah architectural landmark built by Eastman in 1905, 
it now contains exhibits spanning mote than a 100 .years of photographic 
development, and is chartered by New York U. as a non-profit educa- 
tional institute. Dry den Theatre, ^an adjimct of Eastman House, will 
continue its matinee screenings of historical films on Saturday and 
Sunday afternoons. 


pact at Columbia 


Anii-Trust Law 

Continued from pace 5 


Paris Impasse 

Continued from page '4 


of the Motion Picture Assn, of 
America. 

This threw another spike into 
the negotiations, although how 
much of the subsidy proposal was 
a French bargaining tactic and 
how much was serious remains be- 
clouded. The French didn’t want 
to give in on granting an equal or 
greater number of imports without 
something in return. 

Subsequent scheme is definitely 
out now, however. Proposal which 
the French are now concocting 
apparently is aimed at getting 
them some other form of conces- 
sion if they relent on the number 
of import licenses. 

Talks are in a temporary hiatus 
while the French cogitate, and 
MPAA rep Fayette W. Allport re- 
turns to his headquarters in Lon- 
don to tend to biz piled up there 
and to make a quickie trip to 
Brussels on another problem. Al- 
fred W, Crown, SIMPP rep, , who 
was prepared to leave for New 
York today (Tues.), is understood 
staying on under instructions from 
•Tames A. Mulvey, chairman of the 
SIMPP distribution committee. 

It’s expected now that the talks 
may go on for another two weeks. 
Industry reps (both French and 
American) are only sitting in as 
advisers. Principal negotiator for 
the Yanks is Henri Labouisse, of 
the Paris Embassy staff. 

About $5,000,000 in annual earn- 
ings in France by the American 
industry is involved in the talks. 
U. S. distribs are continuing to im- 
port pix currently under a tacit 
extension of a pact which expired 
just one year ago — June 30, 1951. 
It set the 121 figure and permitted 
free remittances until last Decem- 
ber, when all coin from France 
'6 was cut off. 


usually slow at the b.o. They’d be 
aimed at the so-cUlled discriminat- 
ing audience. Frank’s suggested 
lineup included “Trio,” “The Heir- 
ess,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Sep- 
tember Affair,” “The Big Carnival” 
and “Sorry, Wrong Number.” 

Allied Theatre Owners of Indi- that such Government intervention 
ana quickly endorsed the plan, for could evtji^r come to be in the pix 
it is “quite logical that such a poll- field, even though a strong pitch 
cy would cater to patronage that for it is made by the indies, say 
are the most vocal in their criticism distrib execs, 
of the industry and your theatre. Senate’s small-business investl 
that are the formers of public opin- gators were prompted to add the 
ion and generally regarded as a film industry to their list by indie 
major part of the Tost audience.’ ” theatremen, particularly those in 

imA-r organizational bulletin, present practices are 

ATOI also advised exhibs contem- putting them out of 'busi- 

plating -the, fine films policy, to Dbpt. of Justice originally 

study the possibilities in release ag^ed to cure the exhibs’ ills 
charts of other distribs. The trade declined to take any actioij. 
association offered a list compris- 
ing “Death of a Salesman,” “Pan- 4- 

dora and the .Flying Dutchman,” Senate bleUtllS tO Ooabt 

“Red Badge of Courage,” ‘The Indie SqUeCZC Claims 

Great Caruso,” ‘iRashomon,” “Kon- ^ 1 1 

Tiki,” “14 Hours,” “Cyrano de Ber- . Washin^on, July 

ifprnA** anri “<=?tr<^pfrnr Nann^d De- . Crilbert W. Long and William, D. 
gerac and btreetcar Named De investigators- for the Senate 

Small Business Committee, will 
Par homeoffice toppers, apprised probably go to the Coast early next 
of Frank’s fresh bid for more busi- week to begin probing cjfiarges 
ness, were sufficiently impressed to that the .majors are again squeez- 
adapt it to a natidn^kl basis. ‘How- Ing indie ejchibitors, despite their 
ever, additional pix will be added anti-trust decrees, 
to the roster. Including “Mating Long and Ainis will spend the 
Season,” “Encore” and probably I’cmsinder of this iveek conferrmg 
others Anti-Trust Division officials 

^ til® Justice Dept.. They want a 

If the operation clicks for Par, background of information about 
rival companies could be expected the decrees and alleged violations 
to borrow the idea for their own of the trade provisions sections. In 
use. L. A. they will meet with officials 

of the Southern California Theatfe 
- , - , Owners Assn., who have been agi- 

Varipfv lllinc fa Mrirlr tating for an investigation. 

I allvlj vlUUo lU lUaln. Los Angeles is the first of sev 

orii A— I -j. D'li. II i ®ral cities which the corainittpe in- 
/i)tn Annl hi ntt meet yesUgators will visit prior to pub- 
u T 4. it 1 -11 li® hearings. Senate Small Busi- 

Variety Clubs International will iiess Committee okayed the probe 
mark the founding of the orgamza- last week, 
tion at a three-day meeting in Pitts- 
burgh November 21-23. Show biz 
organization was established In 
Pittsburgh 25 years ago. Banquet 
will climax three-day session. "Va- 
riety toppers are arranging with 


‘Ecsiaey’ Snarl 

; Continued from t>ai:e 3 ; 


studio execs for the presence of a U. S., and Elekta licensed a prede- 
Hollywood star contingent. cessor company of Astra as exclu- 

As part of the 25th anni activi- sive distributor for five years 
ties, International Chief Barker commencing in 1938. In 1947, Ma 
Jack Beresin of Philadelphia has chaty refused to recognize Astra’s 
been conferring with postal offi- contract and relicensed Eureka to 
dais about the Issuance of a special distribute in the U. S. 
postage stamp commemorating the Machaty claims he is the rea 


founding of Variety. 


owner of the fjOlm> but the U, S 
court of appeals in 1947 found dis 
tribution rights continued to be 
held by Elekta, the general dis- 
tributor. 

Astra Pictures, which holds a 


Tokyo Tent Gets New Quarters 

Tokyo. 

Tent No. 40, Variety Interna- 
tional, local organization of Japa- .. . -m ix , , 

nese and American show biz fig- u®®ns® from Elekta, has filed the 
ures, headed by Chief Barker N. second suit. It wants to enjoin 
Kawakita, moved to new quarters Eureka Productions, Jewel Pro due 
recently. Previously meetings were tions, Samuel Cummins and Rose 
held in Tokyo American Club. Chatkin from distributing under 
Move celebrated by gala open the deal they made with Machaty. 
house attended by top Japanese Parties want the Supreme Cour* 
artists who contributed floor show, to untangle the snarl* 


Ann Arbor Exbibs Fight 
New City Amusement Tax 

Ann Arbor, Micl^., July 1. 
Butterfield Theatres, Inc., op- 
erator of four film houses here, 
has filed suit designed to blopk 
anpther proposed city amusement 
tax. 

Charging that a proposed 10% 
amusement tax, slated for a 
vote in the Aug. 5 primary elec- 
tion, is • substantially the same as 
a proposed city charter anlend- 
ment which was defeated in a city 
election April 7, the “theatre pp- 
eratetrs asked an injunction against' 
the city. 


Survey Lists 

Continued from page 1 


BigGoin 

Continued from page 1 


Unity, there will be possibility of 
a Broadway production. 

Undei' the present setup, there 
are considerable headaches at 
Unity, in setting suitable talent. 
Because of the mixed membership 
in’ the. union, TaXln and .Fialkoff 
attempt to biclude at least one 
Negro iact b'n every Saturday night 
vaude show. Because virtually the 
same”' vacationers return year in 
and year ciut, no more than a small 
perce'ntage ' of the acts .appearing 
one seasofi’ may be booked for the 
next year. Acts must also be 
screened for offish material, be- 
cause of the family trade there, 
and JOtiy brack that may be con-* 
struecl as a racial slur is strictly 
verboten. ' • 

At the same time, the entertain- 
ment diet at this spot must be suf- 
ficiently varied to take care of all 
tastes. Aside from the Saturday 
night variety shows, there’* a legit 
show during the week, comprising 
a road company of a Broadway hit. 
In addition, there are Sunday 
afternoon miisicales In the out- 
door amphitheatre and dances at 
its lakeside theatre. 

Capitalist Gains 

. The union, strangely enough, 
must cater to the capitalists as well 
as the proletariat. There’s a large 
pe;’centage of cloak-and-suiters 
who come to Unity regularly. These 
manufacturers pay the non-union 
rate which is considerably higher 
than the : tariff for. ILGWU mem' 
bers. There's also an intermediate 
rate which members of other un- 
ions pay. Obviously, the capitalists 
provide dn important part of the 
resort’s revenue. Consequently, 
some of the talent bought for the 
spot are standard in the N. Y. 
niteries. 

T^in and Fialkoff will spend 
considerable time during the win- 
ter Scouting acts not only for Unity 
but for acts to be bought for vari- 
ous union functions. 


week; 7.6 two a month; 12.3 one i 
month; 34.6 hardly ever, and 26.7 
never. In Frisco the "hardly 
evers” were tabbed at 42.1. 

Tele-lookers approximating 73% 
of the interviewees said they would 
not pay $1 per person at a picture 
theatre to see a telecast of a ma* 
jor sports event, yet 55% are will- 
ing to pay $1 per program to see 
a m^ijor sport event on their home 
set -if not otherwise available. 

Favorite programs of the 5,000 
samplings "are “I Love Lucy,” 
wrestling and Red Skelton, in that 
order. Asked what they do when 
their sets get out of commission, 
■41% said th^y turn to radio, 19% 
read, 6% watch their neighbor’! 
teleset, and 5% go to the movies. 
Moral standards of programs 
should be the responsibility of the 
stations, it was -held by 61%, and 
the chief family problem Is. pro* 
gram selection. It was held hy 
43% that TV poses no family i^olh 
lems of aiiy kind. 

Asked which education course 
on video they would favor most, 
24% said music. -Not interested in , 
any course was the reply ^ 

Of the 5,000 owners polled, mo 
have telephones.r Key to 
TV programming, said 25% of the 
country’s TV editors, is the han- 
dling of commercials. Subscription 
teievisloh was voted by 17% as the 
solution to better shows. Censor* 
ship was favored by 9%. 


Anderson In as 
District Mgr. for Wamefj 

Art Anderson has been 
midwest district manager for Wa^ 
ner Bros., succeeding Harry 
Seed, who has been granted w 
indefinite leave of absence due 
m health. Anderson, formerly 
acting prairie district manag 1 
will make his headquarters 
Chicago. _ .V 

At the. same, time, Ha'l 
returning from a leave of ab 
will resume his duties as the 
iPany's prairie sales topper, 
^headquarters in St. Louis. 

WB’s sales 

son aimounces- that the Ml ^ 
lis branch office 
midwest district, whl^ no 
prises the Chicago. De^ro^ 
waukee and MinneapoHs b 
Prairie district will be 
of Des Moines, Kansas Ciiy. ^ 
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Hike Being Asked 
By N.Y. Boothmen 

A 15% package ^eal hike is be- 
ing sought by Local 306, Projec- 
. tionists Union, International Al- 
liance of Theatrical Stage Em- 
ployees, in preliminary talks with 
New York circuit operators. In 
Initial skirmishes which have been 
going pn for a few weeks, booth 
union isked for a 13% wage boost 
and an-, additional 2% for its wel- 
fare fund. Latter contribution 
from theatre ops now stands at 
5%, 

Talks are being held with Loew’s 
and RKQ Theatres. Pact set with 
the two big chains usually serves 
as a pattern for the N. Y, circuits, 
with Skouras, Randforce, Century, 
etc., following the Loew-RKO 
terms. Separate negotiations will 
be held with the Independent The- 
atre Owners, headed by Harry 
Brandt. Ops of Broadway houses, 
excepting Brandt- theatres and the 
'Criterion, will take part in the 
confabs, sitting in with the Loew 
■^and RKO negotiators as has been 
the custom in the past. 

Russell Downing, Radio City 
Music Hall prexy, has usually rep- 
resented the Broadway exhibs, but 
he hasn’t entered' the negotiations 
as yet. Union execs have been 
dickering with Joseph Vogel, 
iLoew's theatres topper; Sol 
Schwartz, RKO prexy, and Maj. 
Leslie Thompson, RKO labor re- 
lations chief. Exec board of Local 
300, headed by prexy Herman Gel- 
ber and biz agents Steve D’lnziUo 
and Harry Garfman, is speaking 
for the union. 

Drawn Out Meets 

Negotiations between ‘306 and 
the exhibs have, in the past, been 
prolonged, often extending from 
six months to a year. .However, 
there is hope this year of winding 
up the sessions soon after Labor 
Day, Several more meetings will 
be held before the official end of 
the summer season, with the main 
bargaining conclaves set for early 
September. 

Although early talks have been 
of a parrying nature, circuit heads 
reportedly have not taken too 
kindly to the idea of a coin boost. 
It was pointed out to the. labor 
.jgroup that an increase at this time 
would be “actually suicidal” for 
the union. Company execs . said 
that theatreowners should be seek- 
ing a reduction in the light of cur- 
rent biz conditions, but are willing 
to maintain the status quo. Al- 
though the issue hasn’t been in- 
troduced yet, it’s expected that the 
theatre ops will ask for a slice in 
the number of men manning the 
booth, a move that the union has 
indicated it will oppose. 


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Another Pix Group Rebels 
Ysi MPIC ‘Loyalty Board’ 

Hollywood, July. 1. 
Another film group, the Society 
of Motion Picture Art Directors, 
has rebelled against the “loyalty 
board,” proposed by the Motion 
Picture Industry Council. Its mem- 
bers refused to vote on the propo- 
sition in its present “indefinite” 
form. Spokesman for the SMPAD 
declared the MPIC plan is not 
specific, and added that “when it 
is blueprinted so that the present 
ambiguities are eliminated, then 
the members will be able to make 
a decision with sound judgment 
that, is not at present possible.” 

Meanwhile, the Screen Writers 
Guild’s executive is understood to 
be generally opposed to the plan 
and is putting it 'before the mem- 
bership for a final vote. The pro- 
posal can be killed by one veto by 
any of the 12 MPIC member 
groups. 


Koster to Direct 20th^s 
Big'-Budget ‘Evangeline’ 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Henry Koster has been assigned 
to direct “Evangeline,” slated as 
one of the biggest productions in 
20th-Fox history. Start of the film, 
based on the Henry Wadsworth 
Longfellow poem, has been post- 
poned until next spring because of 
the exten.sive preparation involved. 

Samuel Engel will produce, in 
Technicolor, from a script by Elea- 
nore Griffith. Debra Paget will 
play the title role. 





PHILLY EARLE SEEN IN 
FOLDO BY NEXT APRIL 

Philadelphia. July 1. 

Although the. Earle 'Theatre, 
Warner vauder here, npw shuttered 
for the summer, wiU reopen in the 
fall, word is that next April will 
see the demise of the 11th & Mar- 
ket St. stronghold of live shows. 

Warner lease with the Grant 
Store chain expires in April, and 
negotiations are at a standstill. All 
the circuit intends to re-sign for is 
its administration office space on 
two floors. Exhibs want to give up 
operation of the theatre and also 
to get out of management and rent- 
ing Of remainder of the seven- 
story Earle Theatre Bldg. 

When Grant originally bought 
the property over a decade ago, the 
chain’s idea was to put in a depart- 
ment store. Plan was since shelved 
and the Grant people were happy 
to retain Warner as a lessee. 
Chances of lease renewal are slim, 
however, even for two office floors, 
as the 'Earle Bldg, is heated through 
the theatre. 

E Ozoner Raps Bidding 
System Via Open Letter 

Chicago, July 1. 

In an open letter to generaLsales 
managers of the film distributors, 
a week ago, John Reckas, owner 
of the Starview Outdoor Th.eatre, 
Elgin,* 111., castigated the present 
bidding system and asked for an 
immediate throwing open of the 
companies’ books. Claiming , that 
competitive bidding is not, peir se, 
evil, he said the secrecy around the 
bids and the refusal of the distribs 
to allow the exhibitor to see the 
winning offer or offers, is" destroy- 
ing the faith of the operator in the 
industry. 

• Reckas indicated that the motion 
picture companies were .hiding 
facts to’ prevent the theatres from 
knowing how to buy intelligently, 
and he warned that this attitude 
would boomerang. Operator, who 
with his brother built the ozoner 
three years ago, said his files would 
be open at all times and he was 
not ashamed of the business he 
was doing. He pointed out that 
several weeks ago he played 
“Greatest Show On Earth” in Elgin 
on a first-run basis (Chicago area 
drive-ins regularly play day-and- 
date with the Loop houses, or im- 
mediately following), and that for 
the 12 days he racked up a huge 
$12,000. Guarantee to Paramount 
was $7,000 and the Starview paid 
an overage on the guarantee. 


Mass. Bill Exempts Ushers 
From 75c Minimum Wage 

Boston, July 1. 

A bill setting a mandatory 75c 
an hour minimum wage for Massa- 
chusetts workers generally, but 
exempting film Ushers, among sev- 
eral other classifications, was 
passed in the State Senate last 
w*lek by a one-vote margin. 
Amendment exempting ushers was 
introduced by Sen. George J. 
Evans who stated that “film the- 
atres are getting enough competi- 
tion from television, and should 
receive some consideration.” 

Bill, as amended, now goes back 
to the House for okay, with indi- 
cations that the bill will be passed 
in order to break the stalemate 
that has blocked the bill for two 
years. 


Coast Cartoonists Nix 
Wage Offer by 5 Studios 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Wage proposals by five major 
cartoon studios were turned down 
by Motion Picture Screen Cartoon- 
ists, Local 839, with the possibility 
of a strike* unless the producers 
give in. Involved in the dispute are 
Walt Disney, Warners, Walter 
Lantz, Metro and United Produc- 
tions of America. 

Local 839, which recently re- [ 
ceived a vote of support from the 
Hollywood AFL Film Council, is- 
sued a statement carefully avoid- 
ing the word “strike,” but an- 
nounced it will insist on the lATSE 
formula of 10% or 24c an hour, 
whichever is the greater raise. It 
also demands that the increase be I 
retroactive to the expiration date I 
of the old agreement. 


Plan to Shutter | 

bill for conversion of the house 
to some other appropriate use. B 
and C, Brandt claims from experi- 
ence, might then well go from red 
to black ink, since only two houses, 
instead of three, would he divvying 
available audience and product. 
One, of the angles, he' points out, 
is that programs would he better, 
since less film would he required. 

Owner A, on the other hSnd) by 
having his property converted for 
him, wouldn’t be penalized for get- 
ting rid of his business and help- 
ing B and C. Brandt pointed out 
that, in one spot, which he convert- 
ed himself, he is now getting $19,- 1 
000 a year rent, as against a top 
profit of. $16,000 when the house- 
was operating. "" ' 

Brandt took his Idea tp Joseph 
Vogel, head of^Loew’s circuit, and 
Sol Schwartz, prez of RKO The- 
atresl He offered in each case 
where he was in competition with 
the two chains in Manhattan, 
Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx, to 
close his house if they’d pay for 
the conversion, or chip in for con- 
version of one of theirs, if it was 
agreed that would be more profit- 
able all around. -1 

Vogel and Schwartz reportedly 
told Brandt they* would consider 
the idea, although they were du- 
bious about anti-trust angles ahd 
other factors. There has already 
been a wait of. more than a month, 
which may mean their- considera- 
tion has turned to a nix. 

•In the meantime, ho'wever, Sam 
Rinzler, head of the Randforce cir- 
cuit in Brooklyn, was attracted to 
the plan. He and Brandt are slated 
to . get together shortly to go over 
their various situations. 

, Brandt’s plan is an aspect of a 
nationwide move to trim houses 
that are outmoded either physical- 
ly or by population shifts. There 
has been a considerable number of 
shutterings this spring, and more 
are anticipated. 

Brandt feels that the effects of 
TV and other competing entertain- 
ment forms are only part of the 
reason for bad biz in some of his 
situations. More important, he 
feels, has been the shift in. popula- 
tion in New York. Many urban 
arpas have seen declines -in' popula- 
.tion or else inroads of a much low- 
er economic level of dweller. On 
the other hand, suburbs have been 
expanding rapidly. Brandt feels 
that this has left some areas over- 
seated, .and it is in these that he 
thinks the shuttering of houses is 
feasible in order to make the re- 
mainder more profitable. 

.There’s not 100% agreement 
among exhibs, Incidentally, on 
Brandt’s thesis. .One of the dissent^ 
ers is Philly circuit of Jay Eman- 
uel, who’s also partnered 'with 
Brandt in the Trans-Lux chain. He 
claims that there’s not a situation 
in the U, S. where, as the result 
of one house closing, the remain- 
der did any better. 

“Fewer houses operating simply 
means less gross,” he declared this 
week. He pointed to the Philly 
situation, where three of Para- 
mount’s key nabes recently turned 
out the lights. Other theatres in 
the area haven’t shown a single 
cent Increase, Emanuel said. 

He added that the Par closings 
have cost the distribs some $150,- 
000 a year in film rentals. On a na- 
tionwide basis, he declared, this 
means substantially less take for 
Hollywood and poorer pix as a re- 
sult. 

4 Cincy First-Runs Left 
As 2 Downtowners Close 

Cincinnati, July 1. 

Darkening last week of the 2,- 
OOq-seat Capitol and 1,500-seat 
Keith’s came on short notice, and 
left only four first-run houses in 
the downtown section. Announce- 
ment of the action by Nicholas 
Shafer, president and general man- 
ager of the operating companies, 
was made scarcely 24 hours before 
Keith’s closing Wednesday night 
(25). The Capitol closed the 
following night. 

Shafer said last summer’s experi- 
ence and poor business during the 
present heat-wave induced his de- 
j cision for the closings, intended 
to run until mid-Aughst or early 
September. About 60 employees are 
affected in the two houses. 

Operations headed by Shafer in- 
clude the downtown 2,10(lrseat 
Shubert, which has been dark for 
I more than a year. The three the- 
j atres were taken over by his in- 
terests from RKO Theatres in di- 
vorcement from RKO Pictures. 


July 2, 1 9S« 



(For the Week Kitding (i) 



Weekly Weekly Weeldv 

Tucs. 

N. Y. Stock Exekangfo 

Vol. in 
/IDOs 

High 

Lo'w 

Close 

ABC 

$ • » 23 

-SMi 

5% 

91/8 

3414 

34% 

CBS, “A” 

.... 38 

36 

84%. 

CBS, 

.... 15 

35^^ 

34% 

Col. Pic 

. . « . 16 

im 

11% 

11% 

8% 

44^8 

Decca 

... Ill 

QV4. 

8% 

Eastman Kodak 

, . . . 386, 

44% 

42% 

Loew’s 

. . . 262 

12% 

12% 

12% 

Paramount 

.... 88 

25% 

24% 

24% 

Philco 

.... 180 

3334 

32 

33% 

RCA 

... 401 

27% 

26% 

26% 

RKO Pictures 

.... 153 

4% 

4 

4% 

RKO Theatres: 

• ♦ » 

3% 

3% 

3% 

Republic •. 

.... 27 

3% 

334 

S’i's 

Rep., pfd 

. • . . 8 

9% 

934 

20th-Fox 

.... 207 

16% 

15% 

15% 

Un. Par. Th 

... 267 

13% 

13% 

13% 

Univ 

, . . . 39 

13% 

12% 

1234 

Univ, pfd. 

... 2.4 

61 

60 

60 

Warner Bros 

. • . . 92 

1234 

•lS%' 

12% 

Zenith 

N..Y,i-Ciirb Exchange 

. • (• 58 

82% 

80% 

82 

Du Mont 

... 36 

16% 

16 

16% 

Monogram 

... 8 

3% 

3% 

31.1) 

Technicolor 

. . . 20 

21% 

21% 

21% 

Ovcr-the-Coimter Securities 


Bid 

Ask 

Cinecolor 



1% 

1% 

Chesapeake Industries 

(Pathe) . . . 


334 

4% 

U. A. Theatres 



4% 

55/8 

Walt Disney 



7% 

8 


{Quotations iurnished by Dreyfus & Co.) 


S 


N.t, 


-13/4 

+ 1?6 

-^8 

+ % 
+ 


+ 


-Vi 

+lVi 






» ;«>. — - I. .11 ■■11.11, I , Mi 

‘No Censorship By Subterfuge’ 

V v - - -- . " ' ' Continued from page 3 - ■ ■ ■■ - - 


t 

to fight censorship no matter what 
form it takes, whether it is open, 
as in the past,- or by subterfuge, 
as Brind suggests,”* 


states with no censorship, the 
standards of the states which do 
have censorship govern what goes 
on the screen. 


Johnston’s office al§o added, that 
the MPAA, hoped within a few 
weeks ’ to be ready to spring its 
test of pre-censorship in Ohio. It 
will start by getting an exhi'b to 
show a newsreel which has not 
first been submitted for official 

O.O., claiming the right of freedom 
of the press as set forth in the 
recent “Miracle” decision by the 
Supreme Court. 

Test is being lined up in Cin- 
cinnati . by MPAA’s local counsel 
there, Murray Seasongood (work- 
ing with the Association’s general 
counsel in New York, Sidney 
Schrsiber.) 


1, me inausiry secreuy preiers 
advance censorship, although ap- 
pearing to oppose it publicly. 

2, Without political censorship, 
the Motion Picture Industry Code 
would be weakened, with pressure 
already started to water it down, 
as a result of the “Miracle’.’ ver- 
dict. (He. said he had evidence, 
but' would not present it.) 

3, New York State has been re- 
ceiving protests about films load- 
ed with Communist propaganda. 
(Asked the names of the pictures, 
he said he didn’t have the infor- 
mation.) 

During the question and answer 
period, Kenneth Clark, Motion Pic- 
ture Assn, of America's top flack, 
challenged Brind’s stand, and ac- 
cused him of raising ghosts and 
claiming they were. live sins of the 
industry. Telling how the Supreme 
Court had unanimously rebmffed 
Brind in its “Miracle” decision, 
Clark continued, hoped my 
friend had taken a lesson from the 
‘Miracle’ case. It is just as wicked, 
just as wrong for a censor to stand 
at the shoulder of a motion 'pic- 
ture producer, as to stand over the 
shoulder of an editor and say what 
he may print.**’ 

In arguing the necessity of con- 
tinued censorshipf Brind told of 
days in motion pictures 
when, according to him “Actresses 
swam in the nude. Off-color ref- 
erences became' the rule. Box- 
offices discovered that some types 
of people would run to the sensa- 
tional. Sometimes the title was 
salacious. Other times there was 
no way of telling, before a person 
viewed thg picture, that it was not 
decent. Ordinary, respectable citi- 
^^PPy in becoming 
part of such captive audiences. 
The morals of the children were 
being contaminated. 

Morons and those persons who 
were easily influenced in direc- 
tions not conducive to good citi- 

subverted. 

Prosecutions under the penal law 
were ineffective.” 

_ ‘False Security’ 

pictures are so 

ci thanks to cen- 

sorship that people have a “false 

security” and believe cen- 
sorship IS not, necessary. He 
claimed, however, that even in 


“If the present statute should be 
declared Unconstitutional,” he con- 
tinued, “no illusions should be 
cherished that that v/ould be the 
end of the matter. Organizations 
which are thoroughly behind the 
present law would immediately in- 
sist upon the enactment of a 
statute which would meet the 
terms of the decision, whatever the 
decision of the court might be. 

“Furthermore, there are other 
motivating forces. It is a safe bet 
that, irrespective of protestations 
to .the contrary, it is doubtful as 
to whether the Motion Picture 
Code would, continue in its pres- 
ent form if the statutes mandating 
decency were declared unconstitu- 
tional. There is great pressure 
now upon the industry to lighten 
up on its provisions. Furthermore, 
because of television, the motion 
picture houses are not being filled, 
and the time Is ripe for more 
salaciousness and more flamboyant 
advertising. 

“I would prognosticate that In 
New York State the Motion Pic- 
ture Division would be confinued 
and the review carried on in the 
same manner as now, on a volun- 
tary basis. 

. “Then I believe that the statute 
would require the licensing of all 
motion picture houses. Any mo- 
tion picture theatre presenting a 
film which would contravene the 
statute, Would find its license re- 
voked. The motion picture indus- 
try, in my judgment, would be 
much worse off under those cir- 
cumstances.” 


Halt Picketing 


' , Continued from page‘'4 

fonte drive-ins open “J^cks 
uiy 23 for a two-week run, dajj 
ating with the Rialto, Hollywood 
aramount and Loyola, all epnven- 
onal theatres. The Olympic an 
1 Monte, along with the 
iring of “Communists, fehO] 
•avelers, and persons disloy 
) the U. S. or suspected of sue 
isloyalty,” and listed 
le Un-American Activities Co 
dttee and California 
merican Committee,” of when 
e had been chairman. 

“Of course,” commented Tolin. 
a lot of these reports are oefa 
)ry statements which. I 
oul'd b6 libelous unle.‘?.s p^] „ 
y privilege.” Tolin told Tenney. 

[ think your clients are w’rons , 
lis situation.” Tenney 
)r a bond of $50,000, beca® 
you can’t put a 
jeech.” Judge snapped, vv 
it bonds to penalize , fj- 

) protect the loser again-st 3 > 
ancial loss. I don’t .see how 
m be any. loss here get 

ickets are salaried. ’’ 
t $2,500. 


IT ^ 


HFfldneB Jay? 




US 

POINTING ! 

t 

[and with pride!) 


ii 


tOVlLY TO took AT 

f (Technicolor) 

Here's great news! First engagement following the Music 
Hall rocks Philadelphia. Tops "Show Boat” by |89. Three 
day total is second highest non-holiday M-G-M gross in 3 
years, beaten only by Mario Lanzst personal appearance! 

. Starring Kathryn Grayson • Ked Skelton • Howard Keel * Marge and Gower 
Champion • Ann-MilletL’ with Zsa Zsa Gabor '• Kurt Kasznar 


Hf 



PAT AND MIKE” 

. *• 

Biggest M-G-M first week in 11 months 
at Capitol, N. Y* Everybody’s eager to 
see the picture that Time Magazine 
calls: "One of the season’s gayest 
comedies” and syndicated columnists 
like Louis’ Sobol rate as: "The happiest 
picture of the season,” Just what the 
fans ordered for summer diversion. 

Starring Spencer Tracy • Katharine Hepburn 
co-starring Aldo Ray • with William Ching 



“IVANHOE” 

(Technicolor) 

M-G-M's Giant Spectacle that broke a 23 -year-old 
record in its World Premiere engagement has won 
the acclaim of the entire trade press. Variety says: 
"In the same lavish class as 'Quo Vadis ’ Big scale 
Technicolor box-o'ffice natural that cannot miss.” 
Boxoffice Magazine says:"Star-studded, magnificently 
produced, superbly photographed Technicolor box- 
office winner.” Film Daily says: "High spot of the 
film year. Will shine brightly and long.” M. PI Daily 
says: *^Just about everything an enthusiastic show- 
man could hope for.” Film Bulletin says: "It will 
be one of the biggest grossers in movie history.” 
M. P. Herald says: "Guaranteed to any audience, 
anywhere, .anytime. They'll tell their friends about 
it.” Showmen’s Trade Review says: "Big in every 
sense of the word.” The Exhibitor says: "Outstanding. 
Big box-office.” Daily Variety (Coast) says: "Top flight 
spectacle for solid box-office returns.” Hollywood 
Reporter says: "Magnificent epic that should be 
packing theatres for long, long time to come.” 

Starring Robert Taylor • Elizabeth Taylor • Joan Fontaine * George 
Sanders • Emlyn Williams 


/' 


IS 


jJif 


fictoim 









Pie Shares 



Local merchants across the coun- 
try, whose business is effected by 
the volume of traffic to and from 
theatres, may be asked to lend sup- 
• port to exhlbs in their -campaign 
to repeal the 26% Federal -admis- 
sions tax. Heasoniug behind the 
idea is that nearby st^re-owners 
stand to profit a« long r as exhibs 
remain in business and continue to 
lure the public out of the homes. 
If the theatremen are forced to 
close — as many say they .will if the 
tax relief is not fo]rthcoming-M)ther 
business enterprises will lose po- 
tential patronage. 

plan, as it now stands, has no 
‘‘official” status. There’s some 
exhib sentiment for it, but it has 
yet to be passed along to the Coun- 
cil of Motion Picture Organiza- 


Contlmwd from page 3 

prices. But Friday 'brought little 
trading in . pic shares, consistent 
with the entire market, which saw 
little buying and selling activity, 
and the few price changes recorded 
were only in minor fractions, 

Loew’s led the list in common 
stock volume, with a total of 4,500 
shares exchanging hands for the 
day, and with no price change at 
all. Only 100 shares each of Uni- 
versal and Columbia were traded, 
and each dropped only one-eighth 
of a point. Changeover in U’s pre- 
ferred was heavy, amounting to 11,- 
000 shares, and the price went up a 
full point, closing at |61. All other 
fi}m issues were virtually inactive 
and recorded insignificant changes 
in prices. 

Trade financial men believe that 
investors are hep to the fact that 
the strong assets of various pic 
corporations more than justify 
prices at present levels and higher. 
Further, stockholders and brokers 
already have had their full share 
of gloomy reports concerning the 
trade and the Wall St. paper’s sum 
up was, in a sense, antl-climactlc 


ope’ «o 

muvvv xitJrtucw wj effect upon trading. 


H. A. Cole. 

A Switch In Plait 

If the suggestion reaches the 
stage of formal approval by the 


Journal devoted the whole of its 
first column on page one ttf its the 
atres story and close to the eClijiva- 
lent' of another full column on a 


it read “Movie ■ Misforturie,?’ in 
boldface type. Then, in the lines 
of under-heads; “Attendance Down 
slide Breeds a New Hound of The- 
atre Closings — ^Bflg Chicago Picture 


COMPO group, it would represent jumpover page. Leader line atop 
a slight departure from the origi- 
nal overall plan. COMPO com- 
mittee decided two weeks ago to 
refrain from asking public support 

in the anti-tax project Exhibs, __ 

undfer the approved program, will palace Goes Dark; Seattle House 
contact the nation’s legislators to jjas 33% Dip in Receipts — ^But 
impress theni with the tough prob- 
lems facing theatre ops today and 
with the need for tax relief. Get- 
ting the merchants into the act, 
it’s figured in some quarters, Coydd 
mean so much more weight behind 


Has 33% Dip in Receipts 
Drive-ins Buck the Trend,’* 

Piece led off with the closing of 
the Oriental, Chicago, as one of 
25 spots in tjie area which have 
shuttered this year.' “What’s hap- 
pening in Chicago is happening 


the industry’s push to kill the 20% nil the way from Boston to 

levy. Los. Angeles, a Wall Street Journal 

Meanwhile, Theatre Owners -of checkup finds,” the daily related. 
America prer Mitchell Wolfson has Paper thereupon went into de 
expressed the fear that success in tail on theatre conditions in nu 
repealing the levy might be fol- merous key cities across the coun 
lowed by new burdens to take its try, quoting many exhibs who said 


Par Shipped ’45 


Eidophor ‘Back to Show Biz’ 



Continu«4l lyom. pzgt S 


stratlons were not completely sold tangible on which tb .hang hopes 
on Eidophor. They were greEltly for the future of theatres, 
impressed with the quality of color Every pr'omlnent exec in fiim<i 
and image,, but they appeared un*^ and associated industries was in. 
certain' that any large-screen ^de- vited to attend one of t?ie demon 

. .. There was also 


Washington, July 1. 

Evidence was . given the FCC 

mad?^seven^years^ago^ ^^^e couid provide adequate relief {Rations, xnere was aiso many 

Paramount Pictures in the Swiss for present difficulties. . newspapers and, radlo-TV people 

Aside from proving th?t Sido^ as well as opinion-makers in every 
phor Coiild be the answet electroAir field. Members of the Federal 
cally to large-screen color tele re- Chmmunlcationa Commission and 


Eidophor. system of thefitre TV, 
cuiTently being demonstrated In 
New York by 20th-Fox, but that 
wartime and other circumstances 
apparently interfered. . 

Testifying' at Commission hear- 
ings on Par anti-trust; issues be- 
fore examiner Leo Rjesnick, Dr, 
Adolph Rosenthal, formerly re^ 
search director for ' ScOphony 
Corp. of America, said he learned 
about the Eidophor system early 
in 1945 arid urged that Scophoriy 
look into it aYid provide a .labora-. 
tory for research. Paramount at 
the time; together with General 
Precision Equipment Gorp... which 
held 10% of stock of.20th-Fox, 
were 50% owners of Scophony. 
Under questioning by Commis- 


qulfements, the series of 20 dem- number of Congressmen came up 
onstrations that started last Wed- from Washington en masse last Fri- 
nesday (2.5)' have .^mostly .served day (27) evening for a showing 
only to intensify pro arid con argur fdUowed by a buffet supper. ’ 
ments on the .values of . theatre TV. /Although exhibitor response to 
The pros, led by Sypros Skoiiras Eidophor was mixed, trade reac- 
and seconded by his., brother^ tion generally was better than that 
Charles, . head of National Theatres* of outsiders. Most of the latter 
see a tremendous b.o, potential id viewed Fidopbor as a direct at* 
the spontaneity of vast live shows tempt to compete with home tele 
on the screens of thousands of the- iijd took a dim view oh that score.” 
atres. , * Among them, was the Wall St. 

The cons take the. -view that, no journal* but numerous other 
matter how^ fabulous tlm show, it pajpers , carried more Optimistic 
can’t be- half' as good as Hollywood reports. • 

can do «ri Skouras had no positive answer 

slon-c-ou^.ef Max' Paglin. Dr. thfentotaiS; 

H^aenth.1. who Is now yoepe. to .TS 

Eidophor may be in actual fulltime 
service. “The only thing to do is 
fight it through until then,” the 
20th prez advised. 

Exhibs were also disturbed by 
the fact that some theatres will 
have Eidophor and others won’t— 
and those that don’t will face not 
only the conipetition of home TV 


charge of research fort Freed Ra- the' time'. Is convenient and;” 

dio Corp., cited a mqmO to Arthur jf desired,- repeatedly. 


Levey, head of* Scophony., sayiUg- 
he had read technical articles 
about Eidophor principles and tl^at 
he believed them susceptible . .of 
practical use. His memo fmther 
stated: “I would not at all. be 
surprised if some company or 
would in the near future 


Everyone -admits, cons as Well as 
the pro#; that early iii Eidophor’s 
use it will have a certain curi^ity 
value as a b.o. attraction. Wnen 
that wears off, however, the ag’in- 
ers- claim, an old maxim of ; show 
biz ' will tsdee hold. That is, that 


group would in xne near luturc r , , .. . vue cuiupcuuoii nome iv 

Stro^pce. this invention to tod to ot^V in. toe toentra around 


houses obviously couldn’t have the 
same programming, Skouras said 
he hoped RCA and other systems 
woruld develop, In order that nu- 
merous shows would be simulta- 
neously available ‘to competitive 


place Imposed by local govern- 
ments. “We must make sure,” said 
Wolfson, “that if the present Fed- 
eral amusement tax is eliminated, 
that we have so educated, the 
American public and its represen- 
tatives, that this discriminatory tax 
is not picked up by cities or states. 


the going is plenty rough. 


■o7unr.^--for- totoer ^ irreceren"ils ] 

and commercial _ enterUtoment, 

Rosenthal that his suggestlCn to .Offset. Home TV7 

the Scophony board that it provide In the back of everyone’s mind,- 
a laboratory for work on Eidophor of course, is wfiether this can be a 
and other inventions, brought “the successful offset to home TV, espe- 
stereotyped reply that It is impos- daily when the latter is to be seen theatres. 

sible to engage .skilled engineers in color,-. Going furttier along that Hot only did Charles Skouras de^ 
and secure priorities for cquipriierit line, the -ques^ton *ris^ to. the. sessions that he was 

during wartime.” , = ' . compeUtive values of Eidophw as jj^^ious to have tlie first output of 

In a later entry in the Scophony against' subsmption TV, 5 uch as -Ei^QpUor receivers for his National 
file, dated Aug, 10, 1945, Paramount s Telemeter, which wril theatres, but Harry Arthur, Jr., 

suggested that Dr. Rosenthal wn^ provide a boxoffice for entertain- pj-ez of Fanchon & Marco Theatres, 
to Dr. R. Sanger of the Swiss Fed- ment m the home, ^ arose to ask that his order be put 

eral Institute of Technology m Skouras, in replay to an exhib jn the first. 

Zurich, where Eidorphor was devel- query, said lie didn’t know yet how 
oped, to determine possibilities of much the equipment would c6st for 


FCC Eidophor 0 


CoMtiaiitd. pAjec 


,0. ' I 


Commission will advance the hear-J 
I think this is just as important as- ings, the. first-hand look at the ad-‘ 
any problem with which we are vanded’ state of theatre, tele 6b- 
faced.” viously had Its effect’ on the FCC 

Wolfson, in a formal press state- members. Justification became 
ment, said that TOA will give its more evident to them of the ip- 
full support to the COMPO com- dustry’s plea that continued post- 
mittee, “and will continue its own ponemepts in the . years that 

have passed since the hear^gs 
were ordered ar^ “a Ijeavy bur- 


Jocal and regional tax elimination 
effort in coordination, with other 
interested segments of the indus- 
try.” 


’Miracle’ 


N 


Continued from luire 4 


who 

deci- 


^®ri.’ 

Particularly elated appeared to 
be those Coirimlssion members who 
voted to authorize commercial use 
of CBS color for home TV, since 
Eidophor uses the CBS sequential 
system. Commissioner Robert 
Jones^, who "played a leading role 
at FCC hearings on tint, felt the 
demonstration vindicated his stand 
in behalf of CBS color, despite 
difficulties which have prevented 
its use for home Video. 

Some Government people felt 
that Eidophor develdpment would 


gested by a former exhib, 
hailed the Supreme Court’s 
Sion extending to films the consti- 
tutional guarantees of free speech 
and press press as “epochal.” Sug- 
gestion was contained in one of 

many letters of praise received by . - 

Burstyn and his attorney, Ephraim home pastel TV 

London. through the public seeing it in the- 

TVhv>r”biri°now Commissioner Frieda He.nnock 
who operated in Denver put now ngVo/j t)** ip^tpi* Gnidma-rv 

•‘Leafletf * or^^dod^ei?** numher Pfques- 

tlons regarding -spiectrum -space re- 
quirements of Eidophor. - '^idth of 
the band required of theatre TV 
(Eidophor needs -eight to 10 meg- 
acycles in ihe microwaves, Gold- 
mark said), may become the decid- 
ing factor in whether FCC allo- 
cates special channels for theatre 
TV. 

^en. Charles .Toeby (R., N.H.) 
and Eric Johnston, prez of the Mo- 
tion Picture Assn, of America, were 
among those who went up to 20th 
with the FCC. In addition to Jones 
and Miss Hennock, the Commis- 
sion w.as r^resented by chairman 
Paul . Walker . and Commissioners 


printed, giving the history of your 
victory. Also, pertinent excerpts 
from the Supreme Court’s epochal 
decision. These should be given 
out with every admission ticket, 
and should be entitled *A Simple 
Lesson in Americanism’.” As an 
expression of his. esteem. Young 
sent along a dollar “as a token gift, 
towards meeting your legal ex- 
penses.” 

As a result of their fight, Burstyn 
and London received other acco 
lades last week, being honored at 
a luncheon by the International 
Motion Picture Organization, a 


group of foreign film distribs, and George Sterling, Rosel Hyde and 


the Metropolitan Committee for 
Religious Liberty. In accepting a 
testimonial scroll, Burstyn declared 
that he had carried, the fight to the 
Supreme Court because he felt that 


Robert Bartley, as well as by gen- 
eral counsel Benedict Cottone and 
various staffers. 

Others who went up from Wash- 
ington included Nicolas Zapple 


he had “done nothing wrong. Every administrative assistant to the Sen- 
time I had to submit a film for cen- ate Interstate Commerce Commit- 
sorship, I felt I was in an illegiti- tee; Kurt Borchardt, staff aide to 


mate business and that being in 
that business was a crime. So I 
felt that it was about time to try to 
restore a little dignity to this busi- 
ness. I think we have now achieved 
this.’ 


the House Interstate Commerce 
Committee; Joyce O’Hara, Kenneth 
Clark and Ed Cooper of the MPAA 
Vincent Welch, counsel for the 
MPAA, and a number of consult 
ing engineers. 


exploitation in the U. S. 

The Eidophor epis.ode came kt a 
Ime when Par and GPE were near 
the end of their relations with 
Scophony. In May, 1945, the Jus- 
ice Dept, started looking into the 
situation, and Paul Raiboufn of 
Par and Earl G. Hines of GPE re- 
signed from the Scophony board. 
Par and GPE diverted their Inter- 
ests in Scophony by a consent de- 
cree in 1949. 

Dr. Rosenthal testified that he 
saw an Eidophor demonstration for 
the first time last Friday (27) in 


New York (his previous mforma- projecting regular 35m black-and- 
tion was from technical journals) 
and that results were beyond his 
expectations. “At first/’ he said, 

“I didn’t know whether it was tele- 
vision or color film. It was just as 
good as color ' film.” 

Hearings will' be' resumed 
Wednesday for further oross-exam- 
ination by Par coimsel Paul Por- 
ter of Levey, who has testified that 
Par used Its interest in Scophony 
to suppress patents in home and 
theatre TV. Levey now heads 
Sklatron Electronic & Television 
Corp., which acquired Scophony 
patents and which is developing 
the Subscriber-Vision system of 
pay-as-you-see video. 


Big Screen TV T^ted 
In Londnn Shows Good 
But Variable Definition 

London, July 1. 

Big screen TV has come to Lon- 
don’s West End for a week. This 
is the first public demonstration of 
theatrical tele apart from the daily 
programs featured at -the South 
Skouras also mentioned the hope | Bank telekinema at the 1951 Fes- 
tival of Britain. Programs are 
being featured nightly at the 
Odeon, Leicester Square, a J. Ar- 
thur Rank theatre, using the or- 
ganization’s Cintel equipment. 
Screen is 21-byl6 feet, and defini- 
tion' is 625 lines. Demonstration 


a theatre, but that coinputations 
^re now being made. Earie I. Spon- 
able, 20th’s research chief, ex- 
plained that the set is about as big 
as a standard projector and could 
go in a regular booth.' He opined 
that when RCA, Paramount or any 
one else makes its large-screen col 
or system available to exhibs, 20th 
would undoubtedly get together 
with them on standards so that a 
theatre wouldn’t have to have a 
variety- of machines in its booth.. 


that Eidophor would be used for 


white or color film from a -central 
source so that other projectors 
might be made unnecessary. As to 
whether Ediophor could handle 

Technicolor pictures^ Sponable 

said: “We hope not to degrade the a^closed "circuit with a base 

quality of. the film.” j^eht in the theatre used as a 

Sponable also said that the CBS stijjdio. 


(sequential) system of a color 
wheel rather ; than an electronic 
tube method of adding color to the 
b&w Eidophor was being used “be- 
cause it is more commercial at the 
moment.” The research chief add- 
ed that he felt this would continue 
to be so for some time. 

In answer to another question. 


First demonstration was given 
at the preem of “The Importance, 
of Being Earnest,” and apart from 
the fashion show which is to be 
the nightly feature, there were 
added interviews with some of the 
stars present in the theatre. Defi- 
nition. was variable but mainly 
good, although the picture lacked 


Sponable said th.e present Eidophor brilUance of the newsreel that 
model cou^ld be used continuously preceded the demonstration. Close- 
only for 35 minutes. After that, ^ „ ^ad surprising clarity, but the 
the rarbon has to be trimmed. To pf^oducers were too ambitious m 

avoid use of two machines,. as in frying to achieve silhouette effects 

the case of regular film projectors, ^hese were poor and Indistinct, 
he said another method of feeding PfinlD 

carbons was being worked,, on for Although upng similar q 

but working o 

IS uopeu lo get a span oiir-: definition 

four or five hours of continuous better than a private 
play, tion of the cup final on 425 ime» 

20th Showmanship which was shown two yj^^s ago to 

AS impressive as the device it- 
self was 20th’s showmanship in ne wspapermen. 

demonstrating • it. Exhibition Was 
on the screen of the company’s 
large projection room and the live 
entertainment shown was origi- 
nated in its Movietone Studios two 
blocks south. The show itself, put 
together at considerable trouble 
and ■ expense by Sammy Rausch, 
booker for the Roxy, N. Y., was a 
highly entertaining affair, aside 


Skiatron-Hanovia Tie 
To Aid in Production 

' Skiatron Electronics & Tele- 

)^‘uiv thrtoduftorar'’moderirSdTphor working- on a higher num 

LTou" ee Tweo fas s”t 1 dSi ‘o ‘ 

with Hanovia Chemical & Manu- 
facturing, Newark, N. J„ under 
which it will use the Hanovia plant 
for the manwfacture of its patented 
products. Hanovia has purchased 
a minor stock interest in Skiatron 
and will have representation on 
the ■Skiatron board. 

According to Skiatron prez Ar- 
thur Levey, the joint working ar- 
rangement clears the way for the 
manufacture of compouent parts 
for Subscriber-Vision, In anticipa- 
tion of the formal test of >the sys- 
tem in the N. Y. City area later 

this year. Company has been con- from beihg designed to indicate the 
ducting experimental work on the various possibilities of the system. 


system for more than a year. 

Levey said a number of other 
Skiatron products will also go into 
production promptly, including 
dark-trace tubes fof radar, sound 
synchronizers for home film pro 


Skoliras, as a result of the dem- 
onstrations, has won considerable 
praise in the trade for the good 
public relations job on behalf of 
the industry. The showmanship has 
indicated that the tele threat to 


jectors, components for Skiatron’s films Is not being taken lying down, 
theatre TV system, etc. and that there is at least something 


Buffalo Area Exhibs 
Appeal Majors’ Award 

Buffalo, July 1. 

Bordonaro Bros, of Clean have 
appealed trthe U. S. Circuit Court 
at New York City the recent deci- 
sion in their favor in the U. S. P?s- 
trict Court for^the Western District 
of New York A- Buffalo against 
Paramount, RKO and 
Bros. 

The jury last month 
$7,500 to the plaintiffs 
treble damage suit for ^ ^ 
Bordonaros operate the Palace 

Clean. 


Warner 

avpaided 

in their 
$161,592. 


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eel in Home quarfceri, IniUad, f NT 
serviced them with the.bout* slitii- 
lar to the Way .in which any broad- 
cast network feeds shows to its 
affiliate stations, 

^ Philly Areata 2!0G Take 

Phiiadelphla, July 1. 

'Warner circuit clocked up two 
capacity houses and one near-ca- 
pacity for the teleast ojE the.ttay 
Robinson- Joey Maxim hght .(25) for* 
a grand take of close to $20,000. 

Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia 
sold out its 3,000 seats .two weeks 
in advance and, in-raddition, played 
to 275 standees for a total take of 
$0,800, .Sellout at the Stanley, in 
Philly, proved of enormous help to 
the Stanley, Camden, more than 
COO locals purchasing tickets here 
to view the fight across the river, 

Stanley, Camden, went clean of 
its 2,200 seat# and with .standees 
netted $6,000. Third Warner house 
in area to run the telecast was the 
Stanley, Chester, which sold 1,760 
tickets for a gross of $4,840. Lack 
of air-conditioning in the Chester 
house may have been partially re- 
sponsible for failure to go clean. 
Both Chester and Camden Stanleys 
staged a fight telecast for the first 
time. 


90% For Day^n 

Dayton, July 1. 

About 90% of the 2,700 seats at 
the RKO-Keith's hfere were , filled 
for the first theatre TV show to 
reach the city, according to Goodie 
Sable, manager. Most of ithe -audi- 
ence gathered early and- saw the 
film, “Red Mountain" before the 
Maxim-Robinson fight. 

The film was repeated after the 
bout, with about 40 persons staying 
for it. 


for as low, as $1.60 near the Up- 
town Theatre, ^ 

Reception was excellent, with no 
reported < breakdowns or interfer- 
ence, but customer reaction was on 
the dull side. 

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D.C. Record Good 

Washington, July 1. 
Although only one of the three 
houses offering large-screen TV of 
the Robinson-Maxlm fight last week 
was a sellout, the combined audi- 
ence' was the largest ever to . view 
a televised prize fight for pay in 
this town. Sellout was at the Lin- 
coln Theatre, with Negro clientele, 
which got $3 for orchestra and 
boxes and $2.40 for balcony. 

Loew's Cajgitqh- in Its first experi- 
ment with large-screen video, sold 
2,600 seats, well short of its 3,400- 
Beat capacity. Keith's fell about 
100 tickets short of its 1,900-seat 
capacity. Twice previously, Keith’s 
;had sold out, including standing 
room. Capitol and Keith’s were ] 
scaled at $2.40 for the entire 
theatre. 


charge ever levied for such ap 
event In Albany^ 

Patrons from cities as far iis. 
Syracuse (150 miles) bought tickets 
for the Maxim-Robinson engage- 
ment: The Grand was the only, up- 
stote theatre carrying the fight. 


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Chicago Racks Smart 
28G in 4“Hou9e Showings 

Chicago, July 1. 

Chicago theatres racked up a re- 
sounding $28,737 for four-hoose 
showings for the Maxlm-Robinson 
fight. Three ‘Balaban & Katz 
houses were sold. pUt, Marbro,, Up- 
town ahd TIyoU, and 1,200 seats 
'were taken - of the paramount's 
1,900 in Hammond,’ which Is right 
In the heart of steel strike. All 
these houses Were at $2.40 tab, tax 
Included. Essaness Crown, 1,200- 
seater with a $3.60 admission tab, 
had 1,079 payees for $3,537 take. 

Both the B&K and Essaness cir- 
cuits plugged the match heavily 
with newspaper space and teevee 
and radio spots. In addition, Es- 
saness used sound trucks and other, 
exploitation to cover the Loop 
area, pointing out that its location 
was the nearest to the downtown 
area. No theatres were used in 
the Loop, and grosses suffered in 
most of the spots there. Crown had 
only about half its seats sold be-^ 
fore the day of the fight, but extra" 
heavy exploitation had large lines 
before the window before 5 p.m.', 
when the seats went on sale. 

Tivoli, B&K southside nabe 
house, and on the fringe of the 
colored section, was sold out the 
previous Friday, and the other two 
circuit spots, Uptown and Marbro, 
were almost entirely sold day be- 
fore the fight. Though announce- 
ments were made when bout \7'*s 
cancelled Monday (23), few returns 
were made. An amusing sidelight 
was the scalper situation, with the 
local boys cornering blocks of seats 
which they were trying to sell up 
to $5 for a $2.40 ticket. However, 
at the last moment the peddlers got 
scared and were offering the ducats 



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MinneapoliR, July’ 1. 

Exclusive theatre 'telecast of the. 
Maxim-Roblnson fight in two Min- 
nesota Amusement Co. (United 
Paramount Theatre’s) Twin CiUes 
theatres attracted. 2,500 to the "lo- 
cal .4,000-seat Radio City and 1,600 
to the 2,300-seat St. Paul Para- 
mount at $2.40 a throw. According 
to * Harry B. French, MAC presi- 
dent, it netted a small profit for 
the circuit, **the extremely high 
expenses involved cutting deeply 
into the grosses and preventing 
much of an earning margin,” 

It was the second exclusive, the- 
atre big-screen telecast for Radio 
City and the first for the St. Paul 
Paramount. Other Radio City tele- 
cast, the Pep-Saddler featherweight 
championship bout, drew only 1,500 
people and left the house well in 
the red.“ 

There were no reserve seats and 
the advance sale was small. But 
after the Radio City bpxoffice 
opened at 6:45 p. m., two cashiers 
were kept continuously busy hand- 
ing, out. the ducats^ 

The telecast received heavy ad- 
vance . plugging. It was advertised 
in the newspaper^ and by trailers 
on. all MAC Twin. Cities theatres’ 
screens, starting two weeks before 
the bout. Also, tickets were placed 
on sale at all MAC theatres, and 
cards in the cashier booths adver- 
tised that fact. The circuit also put 
out 1,000 cards and used a sound- 
truck the day of thp fight. The 
newspaper sports sections also 
were generous in calling attention 
to the theatre telecasts. 

Local, fight circles feel that the 
2,500 Radio City turnout indicates 
that the large fight dosages the 
public here is getting on TV has 
made many fight fans and there 
will be a growing ^d profitable 
audience for the exclusive theatre 
telecasts of the big — and particu- 
larly championship — ^matches. 

Okay Omaha Results 

Omaha, July 1. 
The Robinson-Maxlm fight drew 
a little under 2,000 viewer^; to the 
3,000-seat Orpheum Theatrat at 
$2.40 a head, for approximate $4,- 
800 take. There was no advance 
reserved seat sale. Boxoffice sale 
was practically the whole thing. Be- 
fore the fight went on, the 1,500- 
seat first floor was nearly filled^ 
only a few scattered side ^seata be- 
ing empty. The mezzanine was 
about four-fifths filled, but 'the bal- 
cony had few tenants. 

District manager William MIskel 
and house manager Stanley Black- 
hum were Well pleased with re- 
sults. Opposition Was the Chjico 
Vejar-Chuck Davies battle on home 
TV and. a wrestling match at the 
auditorium. Oddity of thg even- 
ing was the fact that 'only a hand- 
ful remained to see the regular film 
program, to which all wer6 invited. 
Results Were successful enough to 
presage other- such attractions. 


^ _ radio apots. A similar sum was 

images on the Gran’d'a glRW. probably IP^ht oh /’^iiow White.” 
screen were not as clear, sharp and Metro for about a year ha's been 
steady as' they had been on . the toying with th« idea Of roiaatting 
two previous telecasts. WM ^Trader Hoim,’Va 1931 entry which 

particularly noticeable .on longer apparently contains successfut lh‘ 
shots, where a li^ze draped the' -^^jjants. Company had a humber 
upper half of the screen, and.when. prints made up, but ran Into 

distortions crary-L^uilted. The 'latter eohaiderable dldVculty with the 
apparently caipo from projectioii jpiipd. track, * and decided to drop 
machine trouble, which could not project^ 
be corrected. The picture went off nut 

for a second midway. Kionc Hem y*** ^ 

Audiences in competing first-run 

theatres were-’ rather light. Blow- “Gone ^th the. Wind, is being 
ever, managers explained that this -withheld for several more yetos. 
was due to the humid weather, and, La$t taken off the market in 1950, 
perhaps, to comjpetition from. It prpbably won’t be released again 
hbmetavern telecasting of a bout. Vntil 1954. . Company feels that 
in Detroit. plenty more coin can be siiueeSted 

out of “GonCj,” if sufficient time is 
Big Detroit Success allowed to lapse ^tween showiiufs. 

Detroit, July 1. Meanwhile, it has experimented 

Theatre-TV of the Ray Robinson- with a sextet of oldies, coupling 

Joey Maxim light -heavyweight -‘The • BMtmah Always- Bifigs 

championship bout (25) Was a big' Twice wi^ A Womans Fa«, 
success in Detroit. It was viewed tWo Judy Garland starrers; and a 
by 8,611 fans in three theatres. At of Bed Skelton 'pix.' Nonet of 
$2.40 a seat, total gross was $20,- the put achieved any marked fufc- 
666.40. * cess and ^ je being played, around 

Capacity audiences saw the fight )piecemeal without any Undue fan 
at the United Detroit Theatres- fare. * , . , , ' 

4,000-seat Michigan and 2,961>seat , .Af a . result of the ahpwlngs of 

Palms. Many more fans had to be *bdse put, company s attitude is 
turned away at these two houses ^bat it doesnt pay to release 
because standing ’ room • was |iot‘;®Bl^® if it just takes up playing 
sold. The nabe Eastown had 1,650 timcy .. Feeling is -that if an exhib 
customers. 500 less than cabacitv.^. can-t make a 'profit, why load him 

with a reissue. 

Toledo’s Two-thirds House I Pe*pite Metro’s lacklustre experi- 
Toledo, July 1. |ence, there has been an upbeat iji 


three Ways: 1,. Advertising, via 
newspapers, handbills, street stunts 
and television. TV ads were nat- 
urals, he feels, “because that sort 
of violence goes ovjEir' with TV au- 
diences’’ and'.it :jppeals to young- 
sters. 2. A fantasy, always appeals 
and this one . people had 

never seen. 3, Mops afid long lines 
at the theatre created talk, which 
In turn, excited curiosity and 
brought more, people to the wicket 


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Despite sweltering temperature* reissue* thi* year, with the ma- 
and an attractive fight in nearby Jority . shedded for the summer 
Detroit (Chico Vejar vs; Chuck mouths. Bx<^pt for Paramount and 
Davies) which was received on Universal, all the majors have a 
Toledo TV sets, the premiere of few on their slates. 2(>th-Fox has 
theatre TV at the Rivoli here, last six out, having scheduled two for 
Wednesday (25) filled about two- each, month, starting with May. 
thirds of the 2,500-se.at house, rc- They are “Lxura,’' “This Above 
cording to' manager, Howard Felg- All," VLeave Her. to Heaven," “The 
ley. The air-conditioned theatre Rains Came,’’ “The Black jSwan’’ 
was a comfortable 80 degrees, and >ud “Shores, of Tripoli." 
the equipment worked perfectly, RKO, lacking first-run product 
About half of the audience re- for some- time, has been active re- 
mained to see the film attraction, issue-wise. “Kong” has been cou- 
“The Leather Pushers," after the pled with “The Leopard Man” in 
M^m-Robinson go, dual situations. Previously it had 

expressed satisfaction issued “The Hunchback of Notre 
with the television performance Dame" and “The Cat People ’’ - It 
and considered the initial attrac- has “Body Snatcher" and “I Walk 
tion a success. With a Zombie” upcoming. ,Get- 

, ting away from -the weirdies, it has 

Hub Almost. Capacity been Weighing such combos as 

Boston, July 1. “Top Hat," Fred Astaire-Ginger 


Theatre-screen telecast of the Rogers starrer, with, “Suspicion ’’ 



flagship, 


a , X l»®t>0-seat Pilgrim, big’’ with “Too Many Girls." 
pulled almost scapacity biz at both Wampre )«; 
situations. Postponement hurt fY^ro Humohr^v ^^^^umg 

somewhat, for many out-of-towners “High Sierra” ^and 
were unable to stay over the extra Have Not " 
days and received refunds, while “George 

local fans annarentlv nonlpfl nff ...ix,- Washington Slept Here 


apparently cooled off,;,ith “You’re In" the Army Now" 


during the interim, for there was and a cnnnla TrSn ^ 

no terrific last minute rush for lumbia 
ducats. 'An added attraction at the (jf “Holidav 
State was the appearance' onstage fujiS 
of fisticuffers Willie Pep and Tom- flnt mit 

my Collins, who submitted to brief arfaij, ’ 

interviews by WMEX sportscaSter 

Frank Fallon. ’ Alfred Hitchcock 

Reception at the State, the first ;yRnishes,’’ 

time the recently installed RCA Sfoh a? 

equipment had been used, was ex- liouse 

cellent, while the pic at the Pil- chgagen 

grim was slightly hazy but not suf- Tf-l' Trans Lux 60th St. 

ficiently so to raise squawks, al- iJP t ^ * 

though criticism of camera work Hp^Act 

houses were wiie 


was audible. Both 
scaled from $2.40 to $3.60. 


Big-Screen Theatre TV 
Due in Houdon by Fall 

Houston, July 1. 


Latter stars Fred Allen and re- 
portedly contains some new- se- 
quences. 


Columbus Record Set 

All 7 . Columbus, July 1. 
All house attendance records 
were broken during the first week’s 


R. J. O'Donnell, veepee and gen- showing of “King Kong" and “The 
eral manager of the interstate The- Leopard Man" at the RKO Gband. 
atre, Circuit, announced that big- The gorilla thriller was held for aii 
screen TV for theatres will come extra four-day run ending last -Sat- 


here before opening of the football 
season. 

The screen will be installed in 
one of three theatres, Metropolitan, 
Majestic or Kirby, In addition to 
football, other sporting events and 
special programs will be telecast. 

Opening of the TV cable set for 
today (1) was one of the reasons 
given for the go-ahead on installa- 
.tion. 


Capacity Albany House 
' Racks Up $3,600 Take 

Albany, July 1. 

A capacity audience of 1,505 paid 
$3,600 to witness the telecast of 
the Maxim-Robinson content in the 
non-air-^'onditioned Grand Theatre 
on a six4.1ing night. Tap was $2.98 
for unreserved seats, the highest 


lAFFMOYIK^S lOTH ANNI 

Laffmovie, on New York’s 42d 
St. grind row, marks its 10th anni 
July 4. It will celebrate With a 
special program of the “funniest" 
pix which played, the house dur- 
ing the decade. 

House was launched in 1942 
by James Mage, a transplanted 
Frenchman. 


urday (29), but the boxoffice did 
not hold up quite as well. Never- 
theless, in those four days if did R 
better business than any first-rim 
film the Grand, has played lix the 
last few months. ’ 

During the first week’s run, 
lines ^tended for a city block in 
length until merchants complained 
the queue blocked their entrances 
and police handled the crowds 
(60% Juveniles) from then on. 

House seats 1,150 and averaged 
5,7i)0 customers a day for a week 
for a gross of between $11,000 and 
$12,000, nearly double what’s con- 
sidered a good week at the Grand 
Business in popcoim, candy and 
soft drinks was sock, manager 
Harry Simons reported. 

RKO city manager Harry Schrei 
ber explained the phenomenon 


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tlonship" with Granger,, whom he 
l^ad served as an agent, by giving 
information to RKO for which the 
studio paid him. . 

In asking for records of deals, 
Gang indicated -his hope to prove 
hat capital gains deals were of* 
fered to Ingrid Bergman, John 
Wayne and Ann Blyth in return for 
their services; the Bergman deal 
nvolving RKO purchase of stock in 
Sierri Pictures, the indie formed 
by Miss Bergman, Walter Wanger 
and the late Victor Fleming for 
the production of “Joan of Arc." 

Hughes’ income tax returns, it 
was , contended, would .reveal the 
manner iii which he listed his trans- 
actions .with the studio. 

Final witnesses for the plaintiff 
were William Morris, agency veepee 
Biert AUenberg and agency exec 
Robert M.: Coryell. Latter’s testi- 
mony was used to corroborate pre- 
vious accounts , of the lengthy nego- 
tiations between the studio and the 
plaintiffs for Simmons’ serv- 
ices in a contract to begin when her 
old contract with J. Arthur Rank— 
which Hughes had purchased — ex- 
pired. Bxpiratidn date was yester- 
day (30). 

Four-hour cross-examination of 
AUenberg by defense attorney W. I, 
Gilbert, Jr., provoked considerable 
bickering, with the generally un-, 
ruffled AUenberg occasionally los- 
ing his patience and getting some 
of his feelings into the record. 
Gilbert Springs Surprise 
The most . noticeable occasion 
was just before . he was excused 
when Gilbert sprang a surprise in 
the form of a pencilled memoran- 
dum on a sheet of paper bearing 
the inscriptioh, “From the desk 
of Bert AUenl^rg." Figures on 
the paper represented notations 
made'\ during one phase of the' 
negotiations between RKO and the 
plaintiffs for a contract with Miss 
Simmohs, the deal calling for the 
purchase of a house and book in 
addition to her services. AUenberg 
was asked if Hughes’ aide Walter 
Kane had been in. his office whei 
those notations were made. 

“Obviously," Snapped AUenberg. 
“This piece of paper couldn’t have 
flown otit ■ of my office into his 
pocket" • - 

The answer was stricken from 
the official, record on a defense 
motion, : 

. On another occasion, AUenberg 
was reciting the events of one 
of . the . final meetings before 
Hughes called the deal off on the 
grounds that, as written, it was 
“Ulegal.". 

Hughes had asked/that Alien- 
berg come to the meeting with tax 
expert Samuel Berke, and Gilbert 
tried to find put if AUenberg had- 
n’t reaUzed, from his request, that 
Hughes was implying some prob- 
lem had come- up in the negotia- 
tions. 

“It’s very difficult to unde^ 
stand;" said AUenberg wearily, 
“what goes on in Mr. Hughes’ 
mind." • 

Gilbert objected, but AUenberg 
was aUbwed to continue. - 

“All I know," he testified, “is 
that' he Wanted to" have a tax man. 
So," shrugglofi, “I’ brought a tax 
man." ' 

Defense will \^d its cross-ex- 
amlnatibh of Coryell today, and 
probably' start own case tomorrow 
(Wed.) morning. Court has a: crimi- 
nal trial skedde'd fob week, so 
a recess 'of this case wUf be taken 
with Hughes probably coming to 
testify around July 16„ ., . 


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the large VP ataff fvering *11 
Sases of the pdllUcal battle. 

The other f^uf iwriijor companies, , 
sans TV ties, will Past pro- 

redure and j|iir . e3tW«s- their cans 
of mm to H. % Pthces for editing 
and processing,.' Their crews aver- 
age 10 to 13 ‘hiehv a somewhat 
smaller representation than in '48. 
Trpws in all cases are combos of 
the Chicago, Washington and 3Sf. Y. 
staffs, with companies varying in 
choosing the ’ Chicago and 0, C, 
bureau chiefs to take charge of the 
coverage. Some feel' it fair to hand 
this chore to thfe man in the local 
office, others choose ‘the Washing- 
ton rep on the theory that he is 
most familiar With the major politi- 
cal figure involved. 

In the case of Bob Denton, Para- 
mount; George Dojfsey, Warnei^ 
Pathe, and Movietone's Tony Muto, 
the Washington newsreel bureau 
heads double as studio reps, so 
their Jobs will be twofold — News- 
reel coverage and guarding com- 
pany interests. Actually, latter con- 
sists mostly of taking care of com- 
pany brass and reporting back to 
the homeoffice on developments 
affecting company policy, 

Poolinr Arrangemeiit 

Physical arrangements for cov- 
erage at the international Amphi- 
theatre, scene of the actufil con- 
vention and balloting, is a pool 
effort, with Warner’s George Dor- 
sey in charge. Otherwise, it’s every 
crew for Itself in breakneck com- 
petition wltli each other as well as 
with video. • 

Dorsey, who trekked to Chicago 
last month to .niap out . arrange- 
ments, left today to. get there early 
enough to check on .stich details as 
lights, platforms, sound lines, and 
stands, according to the .plan he 
had already wox'ked out with- the 
GOP National Committee, The 
audio facilities are in a pool ar- 
rangement vdth common lines to 
all stands' shared i)/’ the reels, TV 
and radio. ’ 

All newsreel companies will have 
special Convention' editions. Howi- 
ever, whether or not there will be 
extra releases, above the normal 
two-a-week, will depend on what 
happens in Chi. The reels will un- 


doubtedly concentrate on feature 
stories, and on the type of crowd 
picture impossible for the small 
TV screen. The picture people are 
banking bn their greater flexibility, 
sans the, neavy equipment de- 
manded by TV, and on' the -advan- 
tages of selective editing ‘ and 
careful pi'uning. It shapes as a 
race between speed and the advan- 
tages of extra time. 

Crews will be led by the follow- 
ing: Muto, Movietone; Dorsey, War- 
ner-Pathe; Fred Fellinger, Para-* 
mount; Floyd Tranham, .Universal, 
assisted by. James Lyons; Charles 
Mack, Metro's News of the Day. 


P. 0. Dept. 

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the management and was inspired 
by malicious thought.” The the- 
atre’s advertising campaign, he 
added,- has been carried on with 
dignity and adheres strictly to poli- 
cies of the American Museupi of 
Natural History, -vhicli is sponsor- 
ing the picture. 

Throwaways reportedly used 
such phrases and catchlines as “See 
men in the complete nude” and 
“Better than you would see In a 
Turkish bath.” • Postal inspectors 
were requested to trace the authors 
of the circulars, inasmuch as the 
material was sent through the mail. 
Addres.'^es of newspapers and. ^sun- 
dry organizations Written in 
longhand, but the matter contained 
no return .address. Only a small 
amount of blurbs, it’s understood, 
was printed. 

Editorial Stand ’ 

' Mailing of the circulars came 
several weeks after screenings of 
“Latuko” .in New Jersey wdre made 
possible by Superior Judge Whiter 
Freund’s decision restraining New- 
ark police from interfering. Court 
held that there was nothing im- 
moral about the film, as Newark 
Public Safety Director John Keen- 
an had charged. 

Upon receipt of the throwaways, 
some Jersey newspapers, such as 
the Bergen Evening Record in 
Hackensack, editorialized that 


Keenan is on the “right track’* in 
suggesting that legislation be 
passed to permit exhibition Of c'eii,v 
tain films “under educational au- 
spices rather than presented- with 
commercial ballyhoo , . , One sus- 
pects it is the theatre, individually 
as it transgresses, that should be 
controlled, not the art form at its 
source.” 

■Point that the anonymous au- 
thors of the circulars had in mind 
is obvious — ^to direct attention 
where it wmuld hurt the theatrt the 
most, and at the same time place 
it in an almost Indefensible posi- 
tion, Meantime, ' Elson Is... taking 
steps to acquaint the Jersey press 
with the facts of the case. 


I Coast Ozonors 

Lrr Continued from page 4 1 

were successful in obtaining! 
“Show.” Grabbing off “Paleface” 

for the ozoner field were the 
Olympic and El Monte. They will 
play it starting Aug. 20 for two 
Weeks along with the Rialto:, 
Vogue, Fifth Ave. and California 
Theatres. 

Also significant in the changing 
exhibition pattern under Par’s ex- 
panded first-run zone formula is 
the entiy of conventional houses 
nti previously handling initial 
runs of pictures. The Rialto, while 
occasionally handling a pre-re- 
lease, upped scale date for a film, 
usually plays a downtown subse-' 
quent run. The Fifth Ave., in 
Inglewood, joins with, the Cali- 
fornia, Huntington Park, - to be 
among the first nabe houses get- 
ting an initial crack at top prod- 
uct. 

Also of note in the bidding for 
these two Par releases is the fact 
that no Glendale house submitted 
an acceptable bid. Distrib has 
sought a |5,000 guarantee for a 
two-week run, plus thd ante of 
$750 first-week and $250 second- 
V ek advertising coin^ 

Rialto is the second downto^vn 
operation of Metropolitan Thea- 
tres to win films recently in corn- 
petition with other houses. With- 
in the past two weeks, the Ofphe- 
um grabbed downtown first-runs 
on 20th-Fox’s “Wait Till the Sun 
Shines, Nellie,” opening July 3, 
and Warners “She's Working Her 
Way Through College.” 





CtttttliLued ' from pai[« t 



of the Frank Yerby best-sreller, and 
“Prince of Piratts,” 

Universal; “Yankee Buccaneer” 
and “Against All Flags,” Errol 
Flynn starrer. 

RKO; “Blackboard ’ the Pirate,”. 

Added to this list' Is “Captain 
Kidd,” a 1944 Benedict Bogeaus 
production for which Sol Lesser 
last week acquired the reissue 
rights. 

Only 20th-Fox and U have an- 
nounced 'definite slates for the 
September-Deeember stanza. Other 
companies have product lined up, 
but haven’t revealed actual release 
dates, Metro has disclosed six pix 
fox\ September and October, two 
less than for the same period a 
year ago. Among the sextet are 
“The Merry Widow,” starring 
Lana Turner, and “Because You’re 
Mine,” a Mario Lanza starrer. 

28th,'s Tl Fix 

Twentieth-Fox’s 11- pix for the 
final four months of 1952, three 
less than the same time of ’51, in- 
clude “O. Henry’^ Full House,” 
starring Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, 
Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger, 
Charles Laughton, Oscar Levant, 
Joyce McKenzie, Marilyn Monroe, 
Jean Peters, Dale Robertson, David 
Wayne and Richard Widmark; 
“Way of Gaucho,” starring Gene 
Tierney, and “The Snows of Kili- 
manjaro,” starring Gregory Peck, 
Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner. 

U’s 12 pix, one more than last 
year, include “Untamed Frontier,” 
starring Joseph Gotten and Shelley 
Winters; Bill Mauldin’s “Willie and 
Joe Back at the Front” and .“Be- 
cause of You,” Loretta Young- Jeff 
Chandler starrer. 

WB’s slate has “'Springfield 
Rifle,” Gax'y Cooper pic; “The 
Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima,” 
and “April in Paris,” starring Ray 
Bolger and Doris Day. . - 

Par’s September-Deeember re- 
leases include ^'Just for You,” 
starring Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman 
and Ethel Barrymore; “Somebody 
Loves Me,” film biog of Blossom 
Seeley, starring Betty Hutton, and 
“Road to Bali,” with Crosby, Bob 
Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Lat- 
ter is the first of the “Road” series 


in color. On "RKO’s slate ir# ' 
“Lusty , starving Robert 

Mltchum, Susan Hayward and Ar- 
thur Kenuedy; .“AndrocIes and th« 
Lion,” Gabriel Pascal px'oductibn,. 
of the G, B., $haw play, and Samu- 
el Goldwyn’s “Hans Christian An- 
dersen,” starring Danny Kaye. , 
Col's slate includes “Affair In 
Trinidad,” starring RUa Hayworth;. 
“The Fourposter,” Stanley Kratner 
productioia starring Rex. Harrison 
and Lilli Palmer, and .“The Happy 
Time,” Kramer pic with Charles 
Boyer and Louis Jourdan, UA’s 
sked will see the retux'n to the' 
screen Of Paul Muni in “Encoun- 
ter.” Also set for release during’ 
the latter quarter of ’52 are “The 
Thief,” starring Ray Milland, and 
^‘Planter’s Wife,” Claudette Col- 
oert starrer. 


‘Treason’ Sait 

Contlttu*4 from t ; ■■■■ ' ■ . ■ 

Charles D. Breitel of N.Y; Supreme 
Court, caused considerable differ- 
ence of opinion between Nizer and 
Arthur Kinoy, attorney for Kahn» 
over Interpretation of the judge’g 
ruling. Kinoy terms the couit'n 
ruling “a temporary restraining 
order pending the full hearJUxg on 
July II,” while N^zer contends it 
is a simple adjournment. On 

Nizer’s. request for an interpreta- 
tion of “distribute,” Judge Breitel 
said that a salesman “may, solicit 
distribution but may not distribute 
— may not distribute or exhibit. He 
niay. solicit for purposes of dis- 
tribution and exhibition, pending 
the determination of .the motion.” 

Film, a spy thriller made by Roy 
and John Boulting for Rank, is 
currently In a long run at the 
Trans Lux 52d St., N. Y. Kahn is 
demanding an accounting of profits 
made' by the picture and damages 
for wi'ongful use of the title in 
amount of $500,000. His complaint 
alleges that the film is “calculated, 
intends to and does deceive the. 
public into believing that the said 
film is phased Upon dr related to the 
literary production ‘High Treason'.” 


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Wild BUI Elliott, Monogram’s 
western star, will accompany the 
“Jimmy Fund” Drive group which 
will visit exhibitors in three north- 
ern New England states for the 
Children’s Cancer Research Foun- 
dation this week: starting July 14. 
Mono publicist Harry Coldstein 
ailsO 'Will make the jtmket. 

Everett Walsh named executive 
art director of Columbia. Post has 
been vacant since death of Jack 
Meyer last year, Walsh, former 
art director of Buchanan Agency 
and Warner Bros., takes over at 
once. 

John- Endres, manager of Cal- 
derone theatre, Hempstead, L. I., 
copped first prize of $150 for best 
campaign developed by a Skonras 
circuit manner on “The River” 
and “Green Glove,” United Artists 
combo. Second money went to 
Philip Chalton, manager of the 
Ward, Bronx. 

I - ^ 

' DENVER 

Robert Selig, executive veepee 
of Fox Intermountain Theatres, 
reelected president of board of 
trustees at University of Denver. 

George Montgomery will * per- 
jsonally appear at world preem of 
^“Cripple Creek” at the Paramount, 
July 10. 

Steve Ward quits as Paramount 
salesman to build a drive-in near 
Silver City, M. 

John Roberts, Jr., and his 
brother Gene, are managing the 
Valley Drive-In at Ft. Morgan dur- 
ing their vacation for their 
father, John Roberts, Sr., who 
owns theatres there and in Brush, 
Colo. 

Don Lappin resigned as Broad- 
way manager. 

Joseph Kaitz, booker, has moved 
from Paramount to Metro. 


Mrs. Maria Black, former manager 
suffered a heart attack. 


Hollywood, July 1, 
Hollywood studios arc showing a 


After numci^ous applications and tendency to liquidate story proper- 
hearings extending over about ties for which they have no Jmnie- 
two years,. Associates Theatres of production plans, a trend at 

Independence, Mo., had Its appli- . 

caUott for a drive-in in the Inter- variance mth the old custom of 
City district taken undv^r advise- hanging onto* scripts indefinitely, 
ment by the Jackson County plan- While all the studios don’t feel that 
ning commission, J. A. Becker, way,. Paramount and Universal-In- 
circuit president, said the invest- ternaticnial are putting sueb prop- 
ment would -be more than $1001000. -erties on the opeh market. 

^ Paramount is reported offering 

BMkCT OTesented^a Laura Holison’s "Celebrity” and 
petition of 2i property owners Vera C^pary’s “Happy Days 
who would not oppose the theatre. Here Apin" for sale. tJ^ndmtood 

Battle ^or permit to build a “ 
drive-in in rural Wyndotte County,. 

Kans., was won by the applicant ^ 

last week. Application before Scott Fitzprald’s “fiablyon Re- 
county commissioners went past a visited.” It recently sold “A Dike- 
required fiO-day waiting period ly Story” to RKO. Also reported 
without action and thereby was on the market are UI’s “Song of 
granted by default.. George Ben- Norway,” “Gus the Great” ^and 
nett, the applicant, will go ahead “Purple Mask.” 
with construction. The Park Board 
voted unanimously against the 

project, and property owners in the,, ^ 

area protested it. | wMIM Bi 0 



ST. LOUIS 


Harris- 

700-car 


Turner-Farrar Theatres, 
burg, Hi., building new 
ozoner between Harrisburg and El- 
dorado, 111. 

Harry Blount opening ozoner 
near Potosi, Mo., July 2. 

Jim Tapella and Bess Schulter 
opened their Tanecohio Country 
Club operation near Forsythe, Mo., 
in the Ozarks. 

Joe Schoenhopft,. southern Mis- 
souri salesman for Metro, con*» 
valesqihg after an illness of two 
weeks. 


DALLAS 



Continued Irom pace 4 


The recently formed Texas (20th) was lOth. Latter pic. 

Drive in Theatre Owner’s Associa-^ like ’Pat,’ was just getting around 
tion will hold its first formal meet- ^^s the month closed, 

Ing here, Jufy 1«, . - “Red Ball Express” (U), which 

The I4n Oaks Baptist Church was third in May, headed the run- 
purchased the Lindale in Houston nerup pictures for the past monl^ 
for about $125,000 from OH Thea- “Encore” (Par), “Dream of Jeanic” 


tres, Inc. 

Tbie King Drive-In opened at 
Houston, June 25, 

Apollo Anius. Co., owners and, 
operators 'of Fiesta Drive-In, San 
AntomOj turned over operations 
of oxoner to the El Oapitan Drive- 
In operators there. 

The Apache Drive-In opened at 
Center, Texas, by Mac Riley and. 
Bryan and George Smith. The; 
Smith Bros.- also operate the Bio 
and Crystal theatres there. 


(Rep). and “Girl In White” (M-G) 
were the other runnerups. 

Besides “Pat” and “Lydia,” there 
were several other pix which were 
launched near the end of last 
month that showed real boxoffice 
potential 

“King Kong” (RKO), out on re- 
issue for the second time within 
five years, looked like a hoxojffice 
giant, judging from four key 
preems last week. It was hot in 
all four spots, and looks to continue 

T’lJrir’ Ar'A subsequent engagements. 

Pic promises ta be ia smash profit- 
Newest lists ef closings include maker for RKO, despite a big out- 
the Duchess, New Windsor; the= lay for extensive bally and adver- 
Stadium, Evanston; the Rex, Rock- tising, since this represents nearly 
ford (only scheduled to be closed all the expense for the company. 


July (Hfi);^Mi*slssippi, Keithsburg, 
and . Town Hall, Hanover, all in 
Illinois. 

Piccadilly doe*' a single feature 
stint with “Lydia Bailey,” and may 
continue the same policy. 

State TheajfcteA Benton Harbor, 


MINNEAPOLIS 

Windstorm- demolished Milford, 
Minn., drivein. No one was injured. 

Charles Perri’ne, Minnesota 
Amus. Co. executive, sufficiently 
recovered from heart ailment to 
do part-time duty. 

Jerry Gruenberg, United Artists 
salesman, resigned to become man- 
ager of three Milwaukee ■ theatres. 

Marilyn Rogers, N. Y. and Holly- 
wood model, of “Lovely to Look 
At cast, here for three days of in- 
teiwlews and modeling to plug 
Metro picture. 

WUUiam Crouse made Reposition 
In his anti-trust conspiracy suit 
major distributors and 
Minnesota Amus. Co. from whom 
he seeks more than $1,000,000 
damages. 


CALGARY, ALTA. 

City councU at Edmonton voted 
down a bylaw on second reading 
that would have permitted smoking 
in the balcony oP theatres that met 
certain specifications. Request for 
smoking privileges had been made 
by Walter P. WllsOn, rep of 
Famous Players Canadian Corp. 
with -specific references to the new 
Paramount theatre. Main reason 
advanced by aldermen in opposi- 
tion to the bylaw was the difficulty 
of enforcing non-smoking regula- 
tions. 

The Moose lodge at Medicine 
Hat plans to buy the Empress The- 
®tre buUding from Famous Play- 
ers Canadian Corp., for an 'undis- 
closed amount and renovate it to 
use as a social centre. Empress 
has been used in recent years for 
. stage productions. 


KANSAS CITY 

Managerial moves in tweJ art 
houses here this week. Rudy Hoe- 
sulte is new man at Warwick house 
which Fox Midwest recently 
turned from subsequent-run into 
arty theatres; takes over from Bob 
Hockensmith, resigned. Hoeshulte 
came In from San Diego where he 
was with Fox West Coast, 

William- J. Gabel moves in to 
handle reins at Klrao Theatre for 
Dickinson circuit for which he for- 
merly was district supervisor. He 
takes over from Bill B’acI', who 
came in recently when his mother, 


‘Luvely* Lomk* Nikie 

“Lovely to Look At” <M-G) prom- 
ises to do -well, judging from ini- 
tial Rates. “Biplpmatic Courier 
(20th) also looms good, although 
getting oflf mildly on its initial 


Mich., anti-ti^st action was settled ^aydate and ^parently being hurt 
out of court last week. oy its title. “Scaramouchc” (M-G), 

B&K- refurbished the United which finished fourth the last w€«k 
Artists and -the Chicago, Loop June, showed real ^ength for 
houses. session, really the first one out 

To lure kid trade, the Palace is to any extent, 

giving out free popcorn at show- Outcast of Island” (UA), which 
iiigs of ‘.‘Greatest Show.” continues doing* strong trade on 

RKO. Grand Theatre petition for Arts in N. Y., 

es^ended-rtfns was put over to Aug. indicates it will do nicely aroundj 


the country. It picked up some 
solid coin in tile final week of the 
past month, to land ninth place for 
that stanza. “The Fighter,” from 
the same distributor, also shows 
signs of picking up, 

“Wild Heart” (RKO), also new, 
landed a fair session In Buffalo 
but did little elsewhere. ’“Ways of 
Love” (Burstyn) was big on its 
opening in N. Y., following a favor- 
able Supreme Court decision on 
its controversial “Miracle” seg- 
ment. “3 For Bedroom C” (WB). 
which was . obviously disappointing 
oh first playdates, managed to do 
okay biz In several spots. 

“Carson City” (WB> finished 
eighth one week as a newcomer 
last month, but never showed any 
strength, “W-ait ’Till Sun Shines 
Nellie” (20th), also new, failed to 
Shape up as well as expected. 

‘Glory Alley” (MrG) turned in 
some nice sessions last week, but 
seldom displayed any big strength 
“Outcasts of Poker Flat” (20thX 
although coming through with 
some okay totals, for the most part 
was largely mild to drab. “Afri- 
can Queen” (UA) added some sub- 
Sol Lesser Productions bought | stantial money during the past 


19 hy Judge Michael Igoe. 

Judge Harry Fisher, Cook County 
circuit court, ruled that the. Double 
B'Corp., present operators of the 
shuttered Oriental Theatre, could 
not personaliy be held liable for 
any actions in operation of the 
house, but said that books of the 
corporation -should be open to any 
bondholders wishing to inspect the 
records. 

John Infield named manager of 
the WB Gosmo and Richard Galvin, 
manager of the Frolic. 

INDIANAPOLIS 

George Reef, formerly with Al- 
liance in Terre Haute, took over 
the Hippodrome, Sheridan, from 
Mrs. Hilda long. 

Switow circuit closed the Stran'd, 
Shelbyville, for facelift, shifting 
its first-run- policy over to Rltz. 

Walt Wolverton, manager of 
Circle, had- Gene Nelson in. town 
for preem of “She’s Working Her 
Way Through College.” 

“King Kong,” out on reissue at 
Indiana, biggest thing to hit town 
since weather turned hot. 


BOSTON 

.(Continued from page 8) 

about $5,000 following okay $0,800 
for second, 

Fenway (NET) (^,373; 40*45)— 
“The Fighteri’ (UA) and “Maytime i 
in Mayfair’^ (Realart). Slow 
$3,500: Last week, “Carson City” 
(WB) and “Man on Run” (Indie), 
$3,600. 

MemerUI (RKO) (3,000; 40-45)— 
“WUd Heart” (RKO)/and “African 
Treasure” (Mono). Nice $16,000, 
Last week, “Lydia BaUey” (20th) 
and “Kansas. . .Territory” (Mono), 
$14,000. 

MetroiMlitan (NET) (4,367; 40-85) 
— ^‘California Conquest’^ (Col) and 
“One Big Affair” (UA). Slender 
$10,000, Last week, “3 for Bedroom 
C” (WB) and “Tale of Five Women” 
(UA), $9,500, 

Orpheum (Loew) (3,000; 40-85)-;-r 
Scaramouche” (M-G). Best in 
Some time at nice $18,500. Last 
week, “Carbine Williams” (M-CJ) 
and “Talk About a Stranger” 
(M-G), $12,000. 

Paraittouni (NET) (1,700; 40-85) 
—“The Fighter” (UA) and “May- 
time in Majtiair’.’ (Realart). So-so" 
$9,500. Last week, “Carson City” 
(WB) and “Man on Run” (Indie), 
$8R00. 

State (Loew) (3,500; 40-85)— 
Scaramouche” (M-Gl, Nice $9,000 
shapes. L.ast,week,” Carbine Wil- 
liams” (M-G) and “Talk About 
Stranger” (M-G),. $7,000. 


K.C. UiafT; ‘SCARIEF 
MILD $11,000, W 7fi 

, Kansas City, July 1. 

Theatres cannot rack up more 
than mild hiz, with one or two ex- 
ceptiijnsi in the face of the pro- 
longed h^ wave here. Product 

is fairish which hurts. Newcomers 
“Denver & Rio Grande” at Para- 
mount and. “Scarlet Angel” at the 
four Fox Midwest first runs are 
only so-so. “Pat and Mike” in 
second week at the Midland is 
pleasing. Near 100-degree heat has 
prevailed for over a month, 
Estimatea f«t This Week 
Kimo (Dickinson) (504; 65-85) — I 
^‘Oliver ’IVist” (Indie). Second time 
at house. Oke $1,400. Last week, 
“Isle of Sinners” Hndie’), $1,500. ' 

Midland (Loew’s) (3'.500; 50-69)— 
“Pat and Mike” (M-G) and “Man 
With My Face” (UA) (2d wk). Nifty 
$9,000. Last week, $16,000. 

Mis^ui (RKO) (2,650; 50-75)— 
“To Have, Have Not” (WB) and 
“High Sierra” (WB) (reissues) split 
with “Frankenstein” (U) and 
Dracula’’ (U) (reissues). Light 
$5,500. Last - week, “Paula” (Gol) 
with kiddie revue onstage, $6,000. 

Paramount (Tri-States) (IJKH);:! 
50-69) — ^“Denver Rio Grande’’ (Par) 
and “Atomic City” (Par). Fait 
$7,000. Last week, “Winning Team” 
(WB), $7,500. 

Tower, Uptown, Fairway, Gra- 
,^ada (Fox Midwest) (2,100; 2,043; 
^00; 1,217; 50-75)— “Scarlet Angel” 
(U) and “Just Across Street” (U) 
with Robinson-Maxim fight pictures 
added. Modest $11,000. Last week, 
“Five Fingers” (20th) and “Return 
of Texan” (20th), $12,000. 

Voine (Golden) C550; 50-85) — 
“Saraband” (Indie) moderate 

in White 

Suit (U) (11th wk), long successful 
run ended with $1,200. 

Warwick (Fox Midwest) (900; 50- 
subsequent-run 
policy this week, as 
circuit .gives up ait-film policy 

V "Encore” (Par) 

(4th wk), light $1,100. . 


BALTIMORE 

(Continued from page 9) 
Nicely sold and leading currp»,f 
Ust wlHi. ok,y $8,000 or near S 
-week, -TighteitiMJJA), $4,600. 

Mayfair- (HieksO' (980; 20-70) 
“Glory Alley” (M-G) plus Maxii;;: 
RoKinson f jghfc pix. Okay $5,000 
Last w-eek, “Grisen Glove” (UA) 
$4,20<), 

.New (Mechanic) (1,800; 20-70)^ 
Lydia Bailey” (20th) (2d wk) Off 
to $4,5001 following nice $7 000 
preem. ’ 

Stanley (WBl (3,280; 25-75) 
“Frankenstein” and “Dracula” (Ui 
(reissues). Blah $5,500, Lacf 
week, “3 for Bedroom C” (WB) no 
dice at $ 6,8W but Maxim-Robinsoa 
fight on TV at a $2.50 per ticket 
added an additional $7,500 ca- 
pacity, 

Toim' (Rappaport) (1,500; 35-70) 
-“Half-Breed” (RKO). Dim $4- 

Night” 

RKO) (2d wk), $5,300. 

SEATTLE 

(Continued from page 8) 

“Glory Alley” (M-G). Socko $14,000. 
Last week, “Skirts Ahoy” (M-G) 
(4th wk), ^,300. 

Otpheum (Hamrick) (2,599; 65« 
90)— “Winning Team” (WB) and 
“Confidence GirP (UA). Passable 
$8,500. Last week, “Clash by 
Night” (RKO) and “Stolen Face^’ 
(Lip), $10,500. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350; C5- 
$1.25) — "Love Better Than Ever” 
(M-^) plus Nellie Lutcher, others 
onstage. Big $10,000. Last week, 
Birth of Laff Stats” (Indie) and 
Musical -Sensations” (Indie), 
$7,000 at 45-70C scale. 

Parainouat (Evergreen) (3,039; 
65*^90)— “Models,' Inc.” (Indie) and 
Diamond City” (Indie). Drab 
$4,00(1 In 6 days, and pulled. Last 
week, “Fightet” .(UA) and “Red 
Planet Mars” (UA), $6,200. 

NEW^ MECHANICS 
STHl AT ODDS ON PACT 

Although negotiations have been 
going on Bince the beginning of 
the year, N. Y. Studio Mechanics 
Union, Locjd '52,. International Al- 
iance of Theatrical . Stage Em- 
ployees and the five theatrical 
newsreel companies have not 
reached an agreement on a pact 
to replace the one which expired 
Dec. 31, X95L 

Union, which reps electricians, 
soundmen and grips, is asking for 
10% cost-of-living hike. Al- 
though talks have been prolonged, 
union biz agent Daniel Doran 
riressed that no deadlock had been 
reached. 

Recently, the newsreel outfits 
concluded a. deal with the N. Y. 
Motion Picture Film Editors, Local 
771, LATSE, calling for a two-year 
pact xut*d 1D% boost. Union is cur- 
rently confenring with and 

DuMont. 


LOS ANGELES 


reissue rights to “Captain Kidd, 
produced by Benedict Bogeaus in 
1944 with Charles Laughton and 
Randolph Scott starring. 

Jack Broder, head of Realart 
Films, announced nine releases for 
the next three months. 

Robert Ti. Lippert set Oct. . 17 as 
U. S. release date for “Johnny the 
Giant Killer,” animation ,vf matures 
filmed in France with. an^English 
sound track. 


Mich. Allied’s Oct. Parley 
Detroit, July 1. 

Michigan Allied’s annual con- 
vention Will be held at the Hotel 
Tuller Oct. 20-22. 

■ Wilbur Snaper, National Allied 
prexy, will address the convention. 


month, although it now has about 
finished its biggest key city dates. 

“Belles on Toes” (20th), 'which 
landed fourth spot in May, did 
nicely one week during the past 
month. “Young Man With Ideas” 
(M-G) wound .UP seventh another, 
session. “Valley of Eagles” added 
further to. its . grossing potential 
with a show of strength a couple 
of weeks in June. 

“Half-Breed” (RKO) never 
seemed to get started, only in the 
final, week of the month showing 
much draw. “Scarlet Angel” (U) 
was mainly fair to mild en its ini- 
tial playdates. ‘“Califomia Con- 
quest” (Col) showings ranged fair 
to- good. 


. BUFFALO 

(Continued from page 8) 

Bailey” (20th) and “Glory Alley’ 
(M-G), $10,000. ^ 

(Par) (3,000; 40-70)- 
“Rodeo” (Mono), Bob Crosby on 
stage. Getting so-so $8,000 in ^ 
days. Last week “Denver Rio 
Grande” (Par) and “Africa Treas- 
ure (Mono), $9,000 for full week. 

Center (Par) (2,000; 40-70) - 
3 for Bedroom C” (WB) and 
“Models, Inc.” (Indie). Thin $6,oS) 
Last week, “Captive City” (UA) 
and “Red Planet Mars’* (UA) 
ditto. 

Lafayette (Basil)’ (3,000; 40-70) 

‘Scarlet Angel” (U) and “Just 
Across Street” (U).. Limp $7,00a 
Last week, “Storm Over Tibet” 
(Col) and “Brave Warrior” (Col) 
(5 days), $5,000. 

Cent.) (3,000; 40- 
70)_ Without Warning” (UA) and 
‘‘Strange World” (Mono). Oke 
$9,000. Last week, “Wild Heart” 
(RKO) and “Here Come Marine” 
I (Mono), about same. 


De RodieflMnt, Transfilm 
Id ^OG Prodoction Deal 

Richard de Bochemont, former 
exec producer of March of Time, 
joined Transfilm, Inc., this week. 
Transfilm veepee William Burn- 
ham .revealM that de Eochemont 
will bring his current film -ac- 
coimts along with him to Trans- 
film. Around $500,000 in commer- 
cial pix production is involved m 
the deal. . j 

De RoChemoiit, who resigned 
from Time, Inc., when that com- 
pany ended the theatrical MUi 
series end of. last year, will act as 
producer as weU as consultant on 
new biz matters. He recently 
finished plans for two TV pro* 
grams slated for fall release. 

•De Rochemont is planning to 
produce a feature film in ’53 basea 
on a novel by Henry James, witn 
filming to he done in Europe ana 
tht-U. S, 


IA Local Wins 1-Sided 
Election at Coast Lab 

Hollywood, Jtily I* , 
Laboratory Technicians Loca 
683 (lATSE) won a three-to^ne 
.victory in an NLRB representation 
election at Hollywood Film Ent 
prises Lab, one of the last ope 
shop labs in Hollywood. Vote t 
12 for IA, and four for no unio^ 
according ‘to 2leal Fairbanks, sp 
cial IA rep,' making Local 6°''. ^ 
bargaining agent for all major 
here-. 








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Parsonnet N. Y. Telefilm Studio In 



Tlf r*i Tl J IT L 

TV rum Producers Near Pact 



Production of television films in| 
tiie east is booming and the trend 
to vidpix won't switch the TV capi- 
tal from Gotham to the Coast, ac^ 
cording to Marion Parsonnet, 
whose studio is cTOently the most 
active in the telefilm field in New 
York. 

Parsonnet, wno was one of 
Metro’s top writers for seven years, 
is running his studio at dull ca- 
nacity with productions lined up 
for the next eight months. Shoot- 
ing started last week on “The Doc- 
tor” new series for Procter Sc 
Gamble, and in August lensihg will 
resume on the second cycle of 13 
pix in the “American Wit and Hu- 
mor” program which the studio is 
turning out in partnership with 
March of Time. • Also, in *the works 
is a stanza in which Arlene Fran- 
cis intei-views celebs in their 
homes. Already released is “Hol- 
Ij^vood Off-Beat,” a Parsonnet pro- 
duction syndicated by United Tel- 


evision Programs. 

Reason why Parsonnet is sold 
on Gotham as a telefilm produc- 
tion centre, aside from the fact 
that closer liaison with- the agen- 
cies is possible, is that “a better 
grade of acting is available in the 
east.” “Too often the perform- 
ances given in Hollywood are 
stock,” he told “ViARiETY Monday 
(30). "On the other hand, in New 
York we can get artists, trained in 
legit, radio and in live television:, 
who can really^ give sensitive full- 
blown characterization.’' Similarly 
with writers, we’ve dound that 
ihere is a greater vitality in the 
scripts written here. It’s just a 
better climate for the dreatlon of 
ideas. Working, with men who’ve 
scripted for live TV we’ve gotten a 
sounder product.” 

Parsonnet, who points out that 

(Continued on page 37) 


Win TV, Bui 
Then Again, Not 

Hollywood, July 1. 

• Although it has made the plunge 
Into television through its subsid- 
iary, United World, Universal-In- 
ternational apparently still isn’t 
anxious to have its contract stars 
appearing in vidpix. 

As a result, the CBS television 
of “Our Miss Brooks” has Robert 
Bockwell in the male lead — only 
change in the cast, headed by Eve 
Arden, which has been playing the 
comedy on radio. AM version’s 
male lead is Jeff Chandler, under 
contract to U-I, which ntxed his 
appearance in the show for tele- 
vision. 


TV Film Music Library 
Launched by Uuitec 

Newest television film musi( 
iiorary, for use by video stationi 
m programming disk jockey shows 
«as been launched by United T'V 
Programs, indie vidfilm syndica 
lion outfit. Pix are being producer 
y Ben Frye, exec producer o 
Studio Films, Inc., Solon, O. 

According to MUt Blink, UTI 
exec veepee, his outfit will providi 
subscribing stations with th< 
of merchandising aide; 
for AM transcription 
stributed by Standard Radu 
transcriptions. UTP's sister com 
viHm’ plans to market thi 

riiifi ^ through its own fa 

ard those of Stand 


P & G’. ‘BcuUh’ 

* Gamble jh 
Beulah” on ABC-TV 

vidnio^^®' .®^®btive Sej 
a 7 in ^ 

e summer without a 1 



; Mm on East 


Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 

liiueiiiitK 

TV Film Making In 
Europe 

•it 'ti 

«H inftrestlHff tditorliii feafwre 
In the 

7th Annual Radio-Television 
Review & Preview Number 

•f 

ODT SOON 

P&G Sets Unique 
Pattern on TV Pic" 
‘Doctor Series 

Procter Sc Gamble has set a novel 
pattern for “The Doctor,” new vl,d- 
film series which will go into the 
Sunday 10 p. m. slot on'NBC-TV 
in the fall, permitting the soap out- 
fit to establish' sponsor identifica- 
tion with a narrator and also en- 
able It to peddle the films to other 
bankrollers for subsequent runs. 

Dramas will be Introed by the 
medico, an urbane philosopher.: and 
collector of stories, with a strong 
interest in people. Framework of 
the physician-narrator wilThe kept 
by P&G, but the dramatic portions 
will be made available for re-runs 
by other spenders, who would natu- 
rally devise their own, host. 

Financial setup on the half-hour 
vidpix stanza has the specific brand, 
Camay soap, putting up the bulk of 
the coin, with Procter Sc Gamble 
Productions, subsidiary dl. tlie soap 
company, investing the balance. 
This permits the Camay account to 
back a more expensive show,- with 
PrfeG Productions able to hold on 
to the subsidiary rights. If the 
brand alone had to foot the bill, It 
couldn’t get a series of the same 
quality and still hold the re-run 
rights, from which there is a large 
coin potential. 

Before P(fc(GP was set up, the soap 
firm got its first and- second. groups 
of “Fireside Theatre” telefilms 
from Gordqn LeVpy and Bing Cros- 
by Enterprises for abo,ut $4,000- 
$5,000 less than, they cost.LeVoy 
and BCE to make,, but thos.e two. 
firms retained subsidiary rights 
which later proved a bonanza. 
“Fireside” is now being lensed by 
P&GP, which keeps the residuals. 

Filming started last week at Par- 
sonn&t TV Film Studios in N. Y., 
with Marion Parsonnet as producer 
and also supervising the scripters. 
He will get a percentage of sub- 
sidiary rights. Supervisor for Ben- 
ton Sc Bowles agency is Wilfred 
(Wiff) Roberts, who was the ac- 
couni exec for Camay at Pedlar & 
Ryan and who moved over to B&B 

(Continued on page 38) 


KELLOGG BUYING 
‘SUPERMAN’ VIDPIX 

Kellogg’s Cereals will expand 
its television sponsorship this fall 
via a deal to bankroll the new 
“Supetman” vidpix . series in a 
number of selected markets. Films 
are being produced by Matty Fox's 
Motion Pictures for Television, 
with the Leo Burnett agency han- 
dling the Kellogg account. 

Specific number of outlets on 
which Kellogg will place the films 
hasn’t been determined, but they’ll 
be booked on a spot, rather than a 
network, basis. Deal gives the 
cereal outfit two science fiction 
TV shows, since it Is also bank- 
rolling “Space Cadet” thrice 
weekly on ABC-TV, Latter show 
moves to NBC in the fall. 




« 

9 


Don Sharpe shapes up as top 
man in the vidpix parade today, his 
multiple programming-production, 
affiliations* in this new facet of 
show business virtually making him, 
a one-man industry. 

From his, initial “getting-his-TV- 
feet-wet” days, some two years 
back, when he envisioned a bigtime 
TV film era and proceeded to blue- 
print the transformation of his 
“Dangerous Assignment” radio 
show into a vidpic syndicated prop- 
erty, Sharpe today is involved in a 
bicycle routine that’s practically 
leaving others breathless just 
watching. 

All told, the Sharpe scorecard 
on telefilm properties, either 
through personal representation ,or 
as producer and .partner, adds up 
to more production footage per 
year than any major Hollywood 
studio boasted in its pesik year. 

The Sharpe batting order ap- 
proximates the following: 

His multiple NBC-TV tie-ins in- 
clude the Brian Donlevy-starring 
“Dangerous Assignment,” one of 
the web’s more profitable syndicat- 
ed shows. On the upcoming NBC- 
TV syndicated film agenda is an- 
other Sharpe radio show, the Joel 
McCrea “Texas Rangers.” 

Three NBC Tie-ins 

With Douglas^ Fairbanks, Jr., 
Sharpe sits down with NBC execs 
this month to finalize the deal on 
the three series being turned out 
by Dougfair Productions (most of 
them to be shot abroad). Sharpe, 
a partner in the enterprise along 
with Fairbanks and yeepee Alex- 
ander McDonald, has already de- 
livered the pilot on each of three 
shows, which- includes “Douglas 
Fairbanks Presents,” a regular the- 
atre presentation which, in itself, 
represents a $1,500,0'00 investment. 
Fairbanks Avill star in the series. 
Other two arc “Silent Men” (adapt- 
ed from the Fairbanks radio series) 
and “Foreign Legion.” The three 
shows will either go network or 
move into the NBC syndicated 
roster. 

, Four Sharpe shows are on the 
Official Films agenda. These in- 
clude “Four Star Playhouse,” 
which has already been sold to 

(Continued on page 38) 

Threatens Suit Over 
‘Medal of Honor’ Vidpix; 
Series to Roll July 8 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Rivalry between a pair of telepix 
producers planning series based on 
winners of Congressional Medal of 
Honor has reached the legal stage 
with W. R. Frank’s attorney, Rob- 
ert Butts, advising A1 Rogell if he 
produces such a series it will be 
considered “unfair competition,” 
and Butts will “find it necessary to 
go into court to obtain a restrain- 
ing order.” Frank is set to roll such 
a series July 8 at General Service 
studios. 

Butts says he acknowledges Med- 
al of Honor and yarns are public 
domain, but asserts Frank has pri- 
ority on series that he announced 
series first. 

Rogell, however, contends Vet- 
erans of Foreign Wars, with which 
he has tie-up, put Medal of Honor 
series on radio year-and-a-half-ago, 
and consequently has priority. He 
says he fully intends to shoot ser- 
I ics. 

Meanwhile, Frank inked Reg- 
inald LeBorg to direct first four 
TV pix. 


Mitch'* Pitch 

Maurice Mitchell, topper of 
Associated Program Service, 
has coined a slogan to tout the 
Encyclopedia Britannlca Films 
APS distributes: 

He says, “They’re ideal for 
TV operators who feel the 
public wants something more 
in films than Blood, Sex and 
Steers.” 




Arthur Murray 

tltfCHSiltX 

to Raise a 

Rating in a Flurry^ ^ 

A ' A A 


In thd 7th Annual 

Radio-Television Revietv 
and preview 

out IN JULY 


N.Y. Vidstations 

Favored on Pix 

• 

Distributors of feature films for 
television are complaining, in a re- 
newal of an old gripe, that New 
York City is paying relatively less 
for celluloid , product than any 
other market in the country. Sortie 
are even suggesting that the reels 
be withheld L'om Gotham stations 
for a few weeks to force up the 
price. 

A few distribs have, said that 
they are de-emphasizing sales to 
N. Y. vidstations and concentrat- 
ing their efforts out of town be- 
cause of the situation. They say 
that a second run of a good grade 
film will get about $250 on a N. Y. 
channel, while it Will bring con- 
siderably more on an L. A. outlet, 
and relatively higher prices — in 
view of the smaller number of sets 
in circulation — in other areas. 

The Gotham film buyei’s admit 
that they are paying relatively less, 
but they say that this is because 
it’s one of the few -areas where 
the men purchasing pix have been 
in the -field for sortie time and 
know the ins-and-outs -of the busi- 
ness. They have a sharper knowl- 
edge of the product' they are pick- 
ing up than ■ film buyers in the 
hinterlan’ds, many of whom are 
newcomers. 

Another aspect is that Manhat- 
tan film buyers have direct per- 
sonal contact with the distribs, and 
thus can engage in bargaining 
which is difficult to do by mail 
or phone. Additionally, they have 
more firms to deal with and there 
Is greater competition among the 
sellers, tending to keep prices 
down. Further, the distribs like 
the idea of getting a screening in 
N, Y., which raises their product’s 
prestige in the sticks. 


EDUC’L FILMS MAJOR 
TV PAYOFF IN TOLEDO 

Toledo, July 1. 

WSPD-TV. the Storer station 
here, is racking up its second high- 
est daytime rating with education- 
al films on its “summer television 
school” project. Series, which 
started a couple of months back, 
is designed to give young viewers 
a continuing contact with educa- 
tional material during the “school’s 
out” season, and is backed three 
times a week at 9:15-9:3'0 a.rii. by 
the hoard of education with the 
medical society getting fcredit the 
Other two days. 

Pix involved are, the library of 
100-odd reels of Encyclopedia Bri- 
tannica Films, distributed through 
Associated Program Service. Pro- 
ject has gotten hefty plaudits from 
Parent-Teachers Assn, and other 
public-minded organizations. 

Same films are being used in a 
twice-weekly evening science pro- 
gram, which Is sold on a partici- 
pating basis and currently has a 
waiting list of sponsor*. 


Hollywood, July 1. , 

Following months of negotiations 
and expiration of its contract with 
the Screen Actors Guild, the Al- 
liance of Television Film Produc- 
ers is near agreement with SAG. 

A majority of producers within 
the group has agreed on the most 
Important Issue at stake — addi- 
tional payment to actoxTS for re- 
runs of telepix, . 

"Producers had steadfastly re- 
fused to budge in resistance to. the ' 
repayment issue, but opposition, 
fell apart when it was disclosed 
that some motion picture studios 
are near a deal with SAG which 
would give additional coin to ac- 
tors on vidpix reruns. 

Hint of an approaching deal was 
given last week when SAG agreed 
to a few more days of talks, al- 
though the deadline was June 24. 
Meetings are being held continu- 
ously and signing of a pact is ex- 
pected as soon as details are 
worked out. SAG is adamant in 
its refusal to budge on the princi- 
ple of additional payment to thesj^s 
for vidpix returns. 

An Alliance producer said Sun- ’ 
day (29) that the Alliance is con- 
senting to the principle, with only 
details left now. Meantime, film 
studios are continuing talks with 
SAG for the TV pact. They met 
Friday and again Monday, with Co- 
lumbia, RKO, UI, Republic and 
labor rep Charles Box^n, of the 
Association of Motion Picture Pro- 
ducers participating. . They are 
now seeking an exact formula on 
the definition of subsequent runs. 


‘Jewel TheatreV 
Telepic Sponsors 

Two firms with almost competi- 
tive' status, Hamilton Watch and 
International Silver, have signed 
to bankroll a new serle's of half- 
hour vldpfx dramas on a- spot basis 
throughout the country. Telefilms, 
produced by Screen Televideo, will 
probably be titled “Jewel The- 
atre.” 

Hamilton, through BBD&O, and 
International, through' Young Sc 
Rubicam, will alternate as spon- 
sors each week,^ Twenty key mar- 
kets have already been lined up 
for the pix. 

STEVENSON YARNS FOR 
ENGLISH VIDPIC PROD, 

H611ywood„ July L 

Vidfilm package bas^d on 52 
short stories by Robert Louis 
Stevenson is being put together for ** 
production in England, by Sam * 
Saxe, who headed Warner produc- 
tion in the British Isles In 1938-39 
and was • board chairman of War- 
ner Bros. Ltd^ Saxe has been ne- 
gotiating for several months with 
relatives of the author who control 
all rights. 

Present plans are to put the tele- 
film series before the cameras in 
England late this summer. 

GE Buys ‘Ozzie’ 

Hollywood, July 1. 

“Adventures of Ozzie and Har- 
riet” will be filmed for television 
on ABC next fall, with General 
Electric sponsoring. 

Combined TV and AM deal is 
being presented on 20 alternate 
weeks at $35,000 for both media. 
Sponsors are being sought for 19 
open weeks, 

Maxon agency made the deal" for 
GE. 


Pincu*' Vidpic Unit 

Norman and Irving Pincus, pro- 
ducers of “Ellery Queen” and “Mr. 
I. Magination,” are forming a TV 
film pi'oduction unit. 

Norman Pincus is leaving short- 
ly for the Coast to wrap up ar- 
rangements for the new setup, in- 
cluding a studio lot, production 
personnel and talent for some 
projected series. 


44 






2, 1952 




TELEPIX 





AMOS ANDY 
With Tim Moore, SiMincer Wil- 
liams, Alvi* ChU4ress, Eti^ies- 
tlne Wade, Johiihy 30ee, Amanda 
Randolph, Horace Stewart^ 
others - 

Distributor; CBS-TV 
Drodticer; Jimes Fonda 
Director: Charites jBarton 
Writers: Bob Ross, David Schwartz-^ 
30 Mins.; Thurs., *:30 p.m. (alter- J 
nate weelcs) 

BLATZBEER 
CBS-TV, from N. Y. 

{Wcintrauh^ > 

With the first 26‘week series of 
^‘Amos ’n’ Au’dy'^ vidpix success- 
fully completed the preceding 
\veelc, CJBS-TV and Blatz Beer, 
preemed a new cycle Thursday] 
night (26) which, judging from the 
initial Installment, should grab off 
iust as high ratings as the first 
batch. With the same standout 
Negro cast, production crew and 
filming facilities, the Freeman 
Gosden-Charles Correll creation 
embodied most of the same 
chucklesome characteristics which 
have made their radio series a win- 
per for 26 years; 

While some vociferous^ critics, 
among both Negro and non-Nc^o 
organizations, blasted the vidfilm 
series originally as perpetuating 
the Negro stereotype, the new sea- 
son’s preem demonstrated that it is 
non-injurious entertainment It’s 
MO more a stereotype production 
than is ’’Goldbergs.” And despite 
the hassle over civil rights cur- 
rently engulfing the nation in this 
presidential election year, ‘Amos 
V Andy” isn’t going to influence 
any viewer one way or the other. 
If anything, the series shrewdly 
brings out some of the best char- 
acteristics of the Negro. 

Success of this TV film series 
probably lies in the hep scripting 
& Bob Ross and David Schwartz. 
East week's stanza was loaded 
with funny situations, clever dialog 
and a climax which, though 
telegraphed, still carried plenty 
of punch. It revolved about the 
Kingfish entering the hospital in- 
surance business as an easy way 
to make a fast buck and his en- 
suing troubles when he* convinced 
Andy, as his first client, that he 
had gallstones. Show kept viewer 
Interest all the way. . ' 

As in the . original series, the 
cast, personally selected by Gos- 
den and Correll, embodied almost 
perfectly the various voices used 
by the team on their radio show. 
Thus, Tim Moore was a .standout 
Kingfish, and Spencer Williams 
brought plenty of laughs to his 
role of Andy. Alvin Childress 
played Amos, Ernestine Wade was 
Sapphire, Kingflsh’s wife; Johnny 
Lee was Calhoun, the lawyer, and 
Horace Stewart played Lightnin’. 

Commercials for the Blatz brew 
were standard but gained effec- 
tiveness via their low-voiced pitch- 
ing. * StdL 

RACKET'SQUAD 
(Blood Money) 

With Reed Hadley, Martha Hyer, 
Tracey Roberts, Pat Wall*, Jim 
Haywood, George Lloyd, Frank 
Soannell 

' Producer: Showcase Productions 
(Hal Roach, Jr., Carroll Case) 
Director; James Flood 
Writers; George C. Brown, Ed 
Seahrook 

30 Mins.; Thurs., 10 p.m. 

PHILIP MORRIS 
CBS-TV, from New York 

(fliooo) 

Now in its second year on TV, 
“Racket Squad” is still “exposing” 
confidence games as a “public serv- 
ice” by sponsor Philip Morris, 
f Program retains the same format 
With Reed Hadley essaying a police 
captain who outlines an incident in 
which the public was victimized. A 
flashback then illustrates what 
actually happened. 

On Thursday’s (26) edition the 
unscrupulous methods of clip joints 
came in for analysis through a yarn 
tagged “Blood Money.” A soldier, 
fresh out of the Army with $1,800 
in severance pay, was steered to a 
saloon where he was rolled. With 
the aid of his girl friend, who^ 
played detective, along with the 
help of local authorities, he re- 
covered his money. 

Dramatic portion of this Hal 
Roach, Jr. production was com- 
petently played. Martha Hyer, an 
actress fairly well known to film- 
goers, was good as the femme 


Sherlock while Tracey Roberts, an- 
other thesp from films, impressed 
as a “glamour gal.” Name values 
of the players, curiously enough, 
are ’minimized for the, cast credits 
are quickly thrown on the screen 
in difficult-to-read type, 

Althonugh “Racket Squad” story 
material is said to be culled from 
“official files,” it’s rather, hard to 
account for the gullibility of some 
of the confidence victims. It would 
follow that if they’re dumb enough 
to fall for the amateurish lines of 
the con men, then they deserve to 
be swindled. At any rate, the series 
adds up to fair entertainment and 
,some viewers may profit by Had- 
ley’s admonition: “Hang on to your 
wallet the next time you meet a 
sharpie!” Gilb. 

H I f . 

THE BEST OF GROUCHO 
With Graiicho Marx, contestants 
Producer: John Guedel 
Directors: Bob D w a n n, Bemie 

Smith 

30 Mins.; Thurs., 8 pan. 

DE SOTO-PLYMOtJTH DEALERS 
NBC-TV, from Hollywood 

(BBDtcO) 

For its summertime fill the 
“Groucho Marx Show” (also tagged 
“You Bet Your Life”) has chlled 
the choice half-hours of the comic’s 
two-year span in the vidpix trough 
and is pltchin^^ them as “The Best 
of Groucho.” The worst of Groucho 
is a lot better than the best of 
many another buffoon, This one 
was reasonahjbi'' .good -Groucho, 
which meant loads of chuddes pro- 
duced by the fronter via three sets 
of man-woman contestants. 

As per usuah the quiz portion is 


SALES and DISTRIBUTION 
TELEVISION FILMS 

1i% F«« Cliurqs 
epHtoif 

McCONKEY AKTiSTS 
7«M HoIIywmkI aiY4. Hollywoed M 
4 ofgcM pivt South Amoricfl 


only an excuse to give Marx a van- 
tage point for an attack on the 
laugh aneter, tMie host pays almost 
no attention to the straitlaced fa- 
cets of the block, merely going 
through the motions of secret word, 
progressive buildup of moola, jack- 
pot question, etc. To him they’re 
so much applesaqce; the laugh’s 
the thing and. Marx' is master of 
the situation. .Film treatment (by 
Filmcraft Productions) malces it 
that much better in every way. 

Tran. 


FRONT PAGE DETECTIVE 
With Edmund Lowe, Pamela Dun- 
can, Hal K. Dawson, Rodney Bell, 
Sara Haden', George Pembroke, 
Karen Randle 

Distributor: Jerry Fairbanks 
Producer: Fairbanks 
Director: Arnold Wester 
Writert^: Gene Levitt, Robert 
MItcher 

3t .Mins., FrL, 3:3t p.nt. 

RAYCO ' 

DuMont, frmn N. Y. 

(Robert B. Grady) 

If “Front Page Detective”' is to 
nab a steady viewer following it 
had better come 'pp with sharper 
story lines and hypo its thesping 
troupe. .The 3(l-mmute adventure 
aired Friday (27) was a dull affair 
which the actors seemed to realize 
and refuse to help. 

•Plot followed a Hollywood’s,! 
grade B pic meller groove and 
offered little excitement in the 
sleuthing, .gunplay or fisticuffs. 1 
Yam centered on Edmund Lowe’s 
attempts to track do-wn a black- 
.malier-murderer, It’S uncovered 


that a playboy is blackmailing 
himself so that his rich, miserly 
sister will shell out .more coin. 
Story is' a weak attempt that^s 
never believable. 

Lowe gave his role as the front 
page detective an unimaginative 
portrayal which was matched by 
the rest Of the supporting players. 
Behind the camera-work, too, was 
slipshod and oftimes embarrassing. 

The Rayco plugs were delivered 
with plenty of impact at the quar- 
ter-hour break. Gros. 


an Operative. Her initial case in, 
volves ^ Ben Astar) who 

ha* reported $35,000 brooch m 

lets the hea?J 

midce some oUiOk passes, deck her 
out in a mink coat, wine and dine 
her. Then ottt ttf hlsf former flamM 
tips tlurt the jewelry actually^ 
not swiped but was^planted on an- 
other of Astar-s stable. Not a veiv 
convincing .script.. ^ 

, It’s strictly ja .superaeUI opus, 
but Miss Leslie scores nicely as 
the steno-into-T-giri, with Astar 
registering amusingly as the 
femme-chasing heel and Brodie 
adequately putting over the chief 
investigator role, production was 
above par. 

Edition starts off with a prolog 
in which Irene Dunne plays a 
scatter-brained Insurance sales- 
; woman. In a fantasy setting she 
■ tries, and fall*/ to sell insurance to 
' an Oriental and to a gal under a 
beauty pimlor hairdryer. But the 
man la shot dead and the hair, 
dryer explodes, and Miss Dunne 
qiiip* that in their condition they 
couldn’t pass a physical exam-- 
setting a Hght^iomcdic tone for 
the iinden ease. Miss Dunne also 
signs off the story against a sur- 
realistic.- atmosphere, to fair ef.* 
feet. Her segments were written 
by Luther Davis and directed bv 
Phil Brown. Bril. 


SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE OF 
STARS 

(The Von Linden File) ’ 

With Joan l^slie, Steve Brodie, A. 
Ben Astar, Harold J. Kennedy^ 
Jack Mulhall, Claire Garleion^ 
Frances Chaney, Irene Martin, 
Benny Burt; Irene Dunne, hos^ 
teas 

Producer: PSi TV Prod. (Edward 
Lewis) 

Director: Eddie Mann 
Writer; Ahen Kandel 
30 Mins.; Fri., -9 pJU;. 

SCHLITZ BREWING 
CBS-TV, from New York 
{Young k Ruhicam) 

“Sehlitz Playhouse of Stars” o'f-» 
fered an entertaining, If frothy 
private tye vehiclo. Friday (27) in 
the “Von Linden . File.” The em- 
phasis was mostly on' cuteness, 
with only a soupcon of suspense, 
and while hot a sock comedy it 
made passable light fare. 

Yarn deals with a crime-busting 
investigator for an insurance .com- 
pany (Steve Brodie) who makes his 
pretty secretary (Joan Leslie) into 


TY Films In Production 


no of Friday^ June 27 == 


» ARROW PRODUCTIONS 

KTTV Studiog. HoUywood 
"KAMAa oa THI JUNCLK" 3« half- 
hour junale adventure telepix series 
winds July 10. Producers: Harry S. Roth- 
schild, Leon Fromkes. 

Film Producer: Rudolph Flothow 
Director; Wally Fox 


ATHENA PRODUCTIONS,. INC. 

California Studios: Hollywood 
Three aerie* of 13 chapter plays each 
"SON oa aoaiM HOOO'^ akedded to A- 
rin shootina latter .part of June. 
Produeer-dlrector: Clifford Sanforth 
Associate producer: A1 W^en 
Assistant director: Nate Barrasez 
Writer; Howard Taturence Field 

JBREAKSTON-STAHL PRODS. 

General iService Studios; Hollywood 
^'SAPARI BILL'^ series of 26 half hour 
telepix te begin shootlna July 1. Loca- 
tion shots to be filmed In British X:art 
Africa. 

Martha Hyer heads cast, parts to £11. 
Predueer-directer: Brcakston-Stahl 
Associate .producer: Irene Breakston 
Technical executive: John R. Carter 


FILMCRAFT PRODS. 

*491 Melroae, Hollywood 
GROUCHO MARX starred In 3* halfkour 
audience participation lUait prodnetioM. to 
be made -ence a week for NBC. DeSoto- 
Plymouth sponsoring. 

^'THK BICKKRSONS" series of 3S 
hour comedy telepix now shootinX- Fhil 
Rapp is writer-director. 

Producer: John Guedel 

Film producer; L lindenbaum 

Directors: Bob Dwan. Bernia Smith 


WILLIAM F. BROIDY PRODS. 

Sunset Studio*. Hollywood 
"The Phantom Pirate" series of half 
hour adventure telepix now shootin*. 
Robert Stack heads cast with parts to filL 
Executive producer: William F, Broldy. 
Producer;. Wesley Barn^ . 

Associate producers: Bob Halley, Hugh 
Kinz 

Director: Frank HcDonald 


FLYING A PRODUCTIONS 

6020 Sunset Blvd.* Hollywood 

"AHNII OAKLtY" new series of 92 
half-hour videoaters now shootin*. Gall 
Davis, Billy Groy head caet. Parts to filL 
Second series of 53 half-hour Gene 
Autxry Western telepix shootin*. Gene 
Autry, Pat Buttram set leads. 

/'RANGE RIDER" shootin* .Second se- 
ries -of 93 half-hour videoters. Jack X4a* 
honey, Dick Jones head cast. 

Producer: Louis Gray 
Directors: Wallace Fox, Geo. Archainbaud 
New series of half-hdur western dramas 
entitled "DEATH VALLEY DAYS" now 
shootin*. 

Producer; Darrell ’McGowan 
Director: Stuart McGowan 


JACK CHiyRTOK PRODS. 

General Service Studios. Hollywood 
"L'OKE RANGER" half hour series of 53 
videoaters now shootin*. John Hart* Jay 
Sllverheels set leads. 

Producer; Jack Chei'tok 
Associate- Producer: Harry Poppe. 

COURNEYA PRODUCTIONS 

United Producers Studio 
Shootin* "Noah Beery, Jr. Adventure 
Scries," 36 IS-minute telepix. 

Cast: Noah Beery, Jr., Ann SavUle. Jack 
Harris, Norma Fenton. 
Producer-director; Jerry Ooumeya 
Supervisin* £lm editor: Jimmy Moore 

BING CROSBY ENTERPRISES 

RKO-P.->the. Culver City 
Shootin* "REBOUND" scries of half 
hour adult idramas sponsored by Packard 
Motor Car Corp. 

'Executive producer; Basil Grlllo 
Producer: Bernard Girard 
Director: B. Girard 

Half-hour series of comedy-drama for 
"A CHAIR ON THE BOULEVARD." 
Producer: John Nasht 
Half hour series of adult drama films 
for "CROWN THEATRE" shootin*. 
Producers; Richard Dorso. Bernard Glraffl. 

"THOSE WERE THE DAYS" half-hour 
telepix series now shootin*. 

Producers: Bernard Girard. Richard Dorso 
"CORNY JOHNSON" series of half-hour 
comedy pbe now shootin*. 
Producer-director; Bernard Girard-Rlch- 
ard Dorso. 


W. R. FRANK PRODS. 

General Service Studios: Hollywood 
. Group of 4 30-mlnute "MEDAL OP 
HONOR" telepix becin shootin* July 4t. 
"The Rodri*uez Story" Is title of first pic 
to shoot. 

PiH>duc«rs: W. R. Frank, William Dean 
Director: Reginald LeBor* 

.Production Manager: Bart Carre 

GROSS-KRASNE, IfNC. 

General Service Studios: Hollywood 
Now shooting "BIG TOWN" series of 24 
half hour telepix sponsored by Lever 
Brothers. PaMck MeVey and Jane Nigh 
set leads. 

Producers: Jack J, Gross and Philip N. 
Krasne 

Director: £. A. Dnxmnt. 

JOHN GUEDEL PRODS. 

600 Taft Bldg., HoUywood 
Art Linkletter starring in a series of 
104 15-mlnule yMplx titled "LINKLETTER 
AND THE KIDS." 

Producer-directon Maxwell Shan* 
Associate produccii;: Irvin Atkin* 

HOUR GLASS PRODS. 

810 N. Highland, Hollywood 
Shooting ^'MAN Of TOMORROW" Borlo* 
of 15-minute telepix. 

Producer: Wanda Tuchock 
Director; George deNormand 

INTERSTATE TELEVISION 

Monogram Studios: Hollywood 
"DAUGHTERS OF MAgS," starring 
Ethel Barrymore, shooting in "ETHEL 

BARRYMORE TELEVISION THEATRE" 

series. 

Producer: Lee Savin 

Directors: Lewi* Allan, Will Jason 


JERRY FAIRBANKS 

6052 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 
Casting; Ken Dyson 
"AMERICA FOR ME," half-hoUT video 
film for Greyhound, starts shooting July 7 
with John Archer starred. 

"MAGIC WHEEL/' half-hour video film 
for National Cash Register, starts shoot- 
ing July 14. 

Director; Albert Kelley 
Assistant director: Joe Boylo ' 
Production supervisor: Raovil Pagcl 

FRANK FERRIN PRODUCTIONS 

652* Sunset Blvd., HoUywood 
'Sting: Virginia Maxxuca 
"SV. ■' ED'S GANG" series now shoot- 
ing. K 'nncil, Nino Marcel head cast. 

Prodr '^tor: Frank Fcxxln 

Associ: -rlucer: Ralph Ferrin 

Assistant director: Don Olsen 


EDWARD LEWIS PRCDS. 

Motion Picture Center. Hollywood 
Series of 13 half-hour telepix featuring 
Irene Dunne as fcmcee now shootin* 
Producer: Edward Lewis 
Production manager: William Steven* 

PHILLIPS LORD PRODS. 

visual Drama Studios: Hollywood 
"GANGBUSTER" series for NBC-jrV. 
sponsored by Chesterfield, now shootin*. 
Producen PhllUps Lord 
Dli'cctori Lew Lander* 


MARCH OF TIME 

369 Lexington AVe.. N. Y. 
"AMERICAN WIT AND HUMOR" se- 
ries of 26 balf-hosir pix. Thomas Mitchell, 
narrator, with cast including Gene Lock- 
hart, Jeffrey Lynn, Arnolo klose, Ann 
Burr and Olive Deering. 

Producer: Marion Parsonnet 
Director; Fred IStephani. 


ROLAND REED PRODS. 

Bbl Roach ‘Studios; Culver City 
Now shooUng "MYSTERY THEATRl" 
series of SO-minute situation eomedies, 
»'roducer; J, Donald Wilson 
Director: Howard Bratherton 
"MY LITTLE MARGII" ^ri«* of half 
hour comedy telepix now shooting, 
paries Fatxell and Gale Storm head cast. 
■Philip Morris sponsors. 

Producer; Mai Roach 
Director; Hal Yates 

REVUE PRODUCTIONS 

_ Kaglo Lion Studios: Hollywo^ 
Half-hour series Of adult drama tel*- 
p^Ix now shooting for Revue Prods. 
Producer: Revue Productions 
Directors: Richard Irving, Norman Lloyd. 

HAL ROACH PRODUCTIONS 

Ilal Roa<m Studios:. Culver City 
"AMOS 'M' ANDY" aerie* of character 
comedy telepix now shootin*. Sponsored 
by Blais Beer for CBS-TV. 

Moore, Spencer Williams, Alvin 
ChUdresa, Ernestine Wade, Johnny Lee, 
Horace Stewart. 

Supervlapra: Fre^an Gosden, Charles 
CorrelL Sidney Van Keuren 
Director: Charle* Barton 
Production executive: James Fonda 
Assistant director: Emmett EmersoM 

ROY ROGERS PRODUCTIONS 

Goldwyn Studio, Hollywood 
, 15 oafer 

^leplx. Vidpix are half-hoiu- each. Roy 
^Cers, Dam Evans topline. Pat Brady 
m support. General western parts to fUL 
Sponsored by General Foods for NBC-TV. 
Producer; Roy Rogers 
Awoclat* producer; Jack Lacey 
Director; Bob Walker 

SCREEN GEMS 

Hollywood 

. JJ^MN HOHEYMAN" half-hour drama: 
shootm* for D^ont's "CAVALCADE OF 
AMERICA" series. 

^oducer-dlrector; Jules Brlcken , ’ 

Assistant director; Eddie Seata 

SCREEN TELEVIDEO PRODS. 

^agle Lion Studios. Hollywood 
. -P^’^ALCADR of AMERICA" serie* of 
^If-hour drama telepix shooting. 
Producers: Gil Ralston, Ja^ucs Braunsteln 

SHOWCASE PRODUCTIONS 

,,^Hal Roach Studios, Culver City 
, ^^^kET SQUAD" series resume 
series^ In August, half hour telejplx 

Producer: Hal Roach, Jr.; Carroll Case 
DJrecton Jim Tinlln* 

UNITED WORLD FILMS, INC. 
^Universal International Studios, 
Hollywood 

. FIGHTING MAN," series of 13 

will begin shooting July 

FRANK WISBAR PRODS. 

r* Hollywood 

THEATRE" series of half- 
hour adult dramas no'^ preparing next 
season's group of 23. next 

Producer-director: Frank Wisbar 
Associate producer: Sidney Smith 

WEATHER TELEYISON PRODS.. 
INC. 

Hollywood 

"RO** LADY" series of half ’h/virp 
sophisticated co^medlenow shooting. 

Langan, Ririiard 

SfeKii. j". 

reducers: Jack Wrather. Robert Mann 
Associate pr^ucer: Sherman A. Itorris 

ZIY TV 

Hollywood 

Jded lor Ju5i*ah?ot£*®'^ 

eShJi! ®*^''^** 


CHEVRON THEATRE 
(The Trail) 

With DoiwIrii feimedy, Willlaa 

ChBllGG, Gthcm 

Prodoocr: EgWig PrBductions 
DirectoFf RlGhat^ Xrviiif 
Writer: Fraaik Rhri 
3 0 IHB iul; -PH.^ f p.m. 

CHEVRON STATIONS 
KTLA, HoIljrwGod 

Revue Productions, MCA’s vid- 
pbc subsidiaiy which turns out th* 
“Chevron Theatre” series normal* 
ly ai? oomtedlc. or straight dramatlu 
farcj goeg far afield in this entry, 
coming up with a boss opera, but 
“The TraJOl” proves to be one of 
the best of this series this season. 
It'* a fast-movlniT oater, based on 
a substantial script by Frank Burt, 
and offers a pleasant change in 
diet for the televiewer accustomed 
to more sophisticated entries from 
the Chevron aweepstakes. 

Narrative is centered upon in- 
vestigation of a Wells-Fargo hold- 
up in which a man is killed by a 
masked bandit. Sheriff's son is the 
prime suspect, and all evidence 
points his way, right up to dra- 
matic finale where killer is con- 
nered in hideout by the sheriff and 
a w.k. gunslinger on the side of 
the law. Showdown discloses the 
kiUer is not the sheriff’s son, and 
he’s gunned down by the law in 
escape attempt after shooting the 
sheriff. Script packs far more dy- 
namics than the average oater. 

■ Douglas Kennedy, who has man- 
ners and appearance of a younger 
Fred MacMuixay, registers strong- 

( Continued on page 28) 



Ncw'York 

Perless TV signed five more mai^ 
kets for its initial package of 26 
feature films, bringing the total to 
21 . . , Screen Gems, Columbia Pic- 
tures’ Wholly-rowned vidfilm sub- 
sid, has launched a monthly news- 
letter for clr^lation to 700 sen- 
sors and agencies . . . Actor Jack 
Lloyd pacted for a role in Univer- 
sal-Internatipnal’s “Fighting Man 
vidfilm series . . Sterling TV has 
acquired rights to “The Jonathan 
Story,” new 15-minute vidpix soap 
opera written and produced by 
Vance Gooden and Bill Wilkins. 


Hollywood 

John Shelton has lead in “The 
Trial,” Edward Lewis Production 
telepic being shot in Mexico City 
as part of Schlitz Playhouse ot 
Stars series . . . “Big Town pro* 
ducers Jack Gross and- Phil Krasne 
leave for Gotham for huddle with 
Lever Bros, execs . . . Bob Berfcr 
back from sixweeks film-selling 
junket to- 20 TV markets for StanU- 
ard Television . . . Johnpy Inori- 
sano finished role in iiv TV s 
“Boston Blackie” at California 
studios', > .. Lew Kemer, coast reP 
of Motion Pictures for Television, 
left for week or 10 days of con 
fabs with MPFT topper Matty rj* 
in N. Y. . . . “The Lady or the 
Tiger,” Frank R. Stockton OT* 
lined up by Columbia’s vidp 
subsidiary, Screen Gems, as pa 
of “The Ford Theatre” seriej 
Jules Brlcken produdng ... See 
(Continued on page 38) 


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—Iky Laughed at Clqip’ 

This week’s crudil meeting of CBS aflttliates and the network 
echelon, which will have a vital bearing on the future economic 
etfttns of the radio: industry as a whole, recalls how, more than two 
vears ago, KOttr'Clipp, general manager of the WFIL statlpns. 
(AM-TV) In Philadelphia^ Initially set the pattern for the “radio 
rate structure of tomorrow.”^ ' ‘ * * • 

At that time Cllpp’s move toward a downward readjusctment of 
nighttime rates and a recognition of daytime radio's new-found 
impact was regarded as incredible. Initial broadcasters' reaction was 
to laugh it off as th^ gropings of an alarmiist. But Clipp, already 
entrenched in higtime 'TV,, saw the Shifting audience and rating 
trends and proceeded to set WFIL's economic house in order. 

Time apparently has justified Clipp'a reappraisal of AM in the 
face of the TV ascendancy. If the broadcasters arc no longer 
“laughing it off'’ but. in turn still nurse those early fears '^and re- 
sentment, the swe*ping CBS rate readjustment* despite affiliate ■’ 
resistance, has virtually “conditioned" the industiy to the changes 
in store for radio.. n 

„ J T ■ ' I , 

NBC’s Daniel Booiiers Scout Everybody 




/In a duly 1 “declaration of Inde- 
pendence " almost 150 C^S Badio 
affiliates uuaidmously resolved 
yesterday (Tues.) to call on the 
network to abandon its plan to cut 
rates, to rescind the 10% rate cut 
that CBS instituted exactly a year 
ago and to raise daytime rates at 
least 20%. 

What happens when the affiliates 
•call in the Columbia brass today 
(Wed.) for a face-to-face showdown 
is something ^else again, however. 
For it's generally believed that, re- 
gardless of how firm the affiliates’ 


Hollywood, July 1. 

There won’t be much talent run- 
ning around loose after the NBC 
boys with the butterfly nets cage 
their catch. Trappers; Joe Bigelow, 
Norman Blackburn ' and Ed Sobol 
have ferreted out a' half-dbzcn per- 
sonalities new to 'i:V . to fill the 
odd hours around convention time 
along Lake Mich. • • 

Not even songwriters were 
spared. Set for a network ride on 
a one-shot test Campaign . are 
Hoagy Carmichael . and Jimmy 
McHugh. Theyll vary the then-I- 
wrote pattern by bringing on sing- 
ers and the such to palaver about 
sharps and flats; 

After ABC’s Charles Underhill 
caught and found wanting the Band 
Box nitery comics, Billy Gray,. Ben 
Lessy and Patti Moore, JTOC’s 
triumvirate will give them a trial 
spin in the hope that they can 
fracture the setsiders like they do 
the fast crowd that packs the Band 
Box every night. Walter O'Keefe 
as “Mayor of Hollywood" and Jack 
Paar, quiz master, are practically 
set for multiple slots weekly. 


Carroll Carroll 

hoc Ml •WN «R Hie 

subject «i ex|M'esteil In 

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Not to miss anyone that might 
be a sleeper, Bigelow remembered 
that Jack Douglas, the comedy 
writer, once did a comedy turn 
on radio with a stand-up monolog. 
So he takes a turn at yocking be- 
tween disk dervishing. For July 4, 
they decreed, what would be better 
than a military band so they’ll 
bring to Hollywood the U. S. 
Marine band from Camp Pendle- 
ton down the coasts 
Every night club and college 
campus within a day’s ride is being 
scouted by the Daniel Booners and 
those that show even a tinge of 
talent are routed into the studio 
for an audition! When they get 
through scouring the promised land 
there won’t be enough left for the 
others to worry about. 


Crosby Deal Set 
For Coa-Cola 


Bing Crosby has been signed for 
radio and television by Coca-Cola 
ior next year, deal calling for one 
am show wqjfkly. It probably 
h^eans the end of Mario Lanza's 
enure with Coke, his pact running 
until September. 


probably is taking th 
time formerly hel 
tuUk Bergen when he wz 
Ma?. outfit. Bi 

tiir/*?^\ Crosby’s producer, n 
Monday ft-om Elko, Nev 
skied to go over the di 
ans of the pact with the Groane 


Friedman Exiting NI 

resigned 
NBC-TV. 
the web’s lat. 

ttint 5 Friedman'! 

mar’s producer of 

C.entcen." 

ture^ n?o to announce h 
plans shortly. 


TV Drama Series 

American National Theatre and 
Academy will return to television 
this fall with a new series of half- 
hour dramatic shews, which will 
spotlight some of the top actors and 
playwrights in the country. Series, 
which is now being pitched to 

prospective sponsors and agencies, 
carries an estimated $25,()()0 week- 
ly talent and production price-tag, 
from which ANTA will derive a fee 
to further its work of bringing 
more legit to more people. 

Producer of the series will be 
Richard Harrity, the playwright 
who produced, the ANTA video 
shows on the NBC network during 
the 1947-’48 season. In a unique 
deal, he’s lined up some of the top 
directors in the business to rotate 
on the show each week. These in^ 
elude David Alexander, who staged 
the current Broadway click, “Pal 
Joey," and the recent “Somerset 
Maugham Theatre" for NBC-TV; 
Yul Brynner, now on leave from 
CBS-TV to play on Broadway In 
“King and I;’’ Fred Coe, producer 
of NBC’s “TV Playhouse;’’ Sidney 
Lumet, now directing “Danger" for 
CBS-TV; and David Pressman, who 
directed the original “Actors Stu- 

(Contlnued on page 36) 


JACK RYAN RE W 
CHI JOB AFTER 15 YRS. 

Cliicago, July 1. 

Jack Ryan, public relations di- 
rector of NBC’s Central Division 
for the past 15 years, has resigned 
effective Aug. 15. To make sure the 
resignation stuck, and to assure 
Immunity from the persuasive pow- 
ers of Harry Kopf, NBC veepee, 
Ryan sold his house before telling 
the boss he quit. 

During the latter part of next 
month, Ryan will move to the 
Coast. His plans are otherwise un- 
announced. No successor has been 
named as yeL 


stand, CB,S Is determined to effect 

a drastic nighttime rate slash, pur- 
ported in some quarters to l^e from 
40%-50%. The answer,, will be 
forthcoming by tonight. 

• It’s a move which may have deep 
significance for the future of. AM, 
sitoce it was CBS' “rape of the 
rates" last year which had all net- 
works following suit. Meeting, 
which drew 143 station toppers to 
the Hotel Ambassador, N. Y., who 
account for 90% of CBS’ dollar 
volume, was marked by a strong 
demonstration of solidarity and 
firmness. This show of unity is 
expected to have its effect on the 
web’s brass — William 5. Paley, 
Frank Stanton, Adrian Murphy and 
Herbert V. ALkerberg — ^who will at- 
tend the session today (Wed.) to air 
their side of the case.- 

“Should the network stm push 
its plans to axe rates, wee’ll decide 
our own course in an afternoon ses- 
sion," an affiliate' spokesman said. 
The group is a “rump," unofficial 
body, distinct from the Columbia 
Affiliates Advisory Board, which 
does ndt deal with the financial and 
business sides of network-affiliate 
relationships. 

Called by 10 key CBS stations 
“to deal with the current emergen- 
cy any way we could,” the rump 
group is to be made permanent. 
“We’ll be around as long as there’s 
an emergency, but we hope there’s 
an end to that pretty soon,” a 
spokesman said. 

Attendance was .a welcome sur- 
prise to those who called the con- 
fab. Delegates not only paid their 
own way but also a $10 registration 
fee to cover expenses of the meet- 
ing.. Stations from as far away as 
California Were represented, with 
Texas heavilV repped. Alaskan and 
Canadian stations had observers 
present. 

Key point In the resolution was 
the demand of affiliates that CBS 
stop its efforts to establish the 
price affiliates are paid for carry- 
ing network shows, and that these 
should be established bilaterally 
by the network and stations. CBS 
has the contractual right in pacts 
with the • majority of stations 
(about 160) to set rates unilateral- 
ly, but not for at least eight key 
outlets. However, affiliates hope 
that this declaration will stop the 
web from exercising its legal right 
to determine the rate. 

■ As -evidence of their strong feel- 
ing, the affiliates moved to sign 
the resolution individually. Many 
stations which didnT attend sent 
wires endorsing the purpose of the 
meeting. Non-attendees are being 

(Continued on page 36) 


Gleason’s Billing 

Something of a precedent is 
being established in Jackie 
Gleason’s vaude aUd presenta- 
tion house tour this summer, 
prior to debuting hi$ hour-long 
Saturday night TV show for 
CBS in the fail. • 

It’ll mark the first time -that 
a headliner will get marquee 
billing as a network television 
star. For a while there were 
some L o e w ' s managerial 
squawks, with an attempt made 
to confine the billing to CBS 
and eliminate the word “tele- 
vision." However, Gleason 
won out and the full identity 
will remain. 




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Four NBC Radio 
Affiliates Hike 



In the wake of the current CBS 
attempts to institute a cutback in 
nighttime rates, four NBC stations, 
including one p.&o. operation, 
have boosted their nighttime rates 
to a* new high, effective this week. 
Web spokesmen in N. Y. attributed 
the rate hikes to the -fact that the 
stations have long been under - 1 
priced in relation to rates on com- 
peting network outlets in the same 
markets, and in relation to their 
increased circulation. . 

Illustrative of .the situation is 
KPRC, Houston, which has not re- 
vised its .rates since October, 1939. 
Houston outlet upped its gross 
Class A hour charge from $234 
to $280. NBC o.Sco. outlet is 
KNBC, San Francisco^ which hiked 
its rate from $414 to $475. Other 
two affiliates are WOAI, San An- 
tonio, up from $306 to $340, and 
WKY, Oklahoma City, up from 
$252 to $280. 

‘FOOD MAGaCIAN' FILES 
500G SUIT YS. NBC 

Chicago, July 1. 

Osborne Putnam Stearns, who 
for five years cooked by ear on 
WMAQ, Chi, as “The Food Ma- 
gician," last weel: filed suit against 
NBC for $500,000 in Chi federal 
district court before Judge Walter 
La Buy. 

Stearns alleges that the station 
made .him change his format tp a 
mere reading of recipes,, thereby 
causing a severe drop in his rat- 
ings, which in turn caused his can- 
cellation. 

Network execs aren’t too con- 
cerned with the suit. Comments 
ranged from “the program merely 
outlived its usefulness," to “if the 
talent on every show we dropped 
sued us and won, we’d be bankrupt 
in a week." 

Johnson Wax Expands 
News for Chi Politicos 

Johnson’s Wax, which currently 
backs the 10-minute news on 
Mutual at 5:50 p.m., will expand 
to a quarter-hour at 5:45 p.m. dur- 
ing the three-week period of the 
Republican and Democratic na- 
tional conventions. 

Special convention newscasts 
will start Monday (7) and run 
through July 25. Titled “Five 
Men Report," series will feature 
Frank Singiser, Cecil Brown, H. R. 
Baukhage, Holland Engle and 
FrancU Coughlin. 


In » hard-hitting realistie speech 
that won loud praise lErom the CBS 
Radio affiliates meeting in N. X* 
yesterday (Tucs.)> Victof^ A. Sh(Ol4«^, 

veepee-director of WHAS and 
WHAS-TV, Louisville, laid down « 
five-point plan to save radio. 

The Sholis platform' is: (1) end 
the reckless price war by making 
na further blind rate cut; (2) stop 
under-the-table deals as of now; 

(3) take the lead in. underwriting* 
and developing, sound research, 
that will measure the value of. ra- 
dio as an advertising medium; 

(4) halt the use of “pocket p^ce" 
ratings, and other ' research of lim- 
ited and questionable value as 
AM’s principal selling tools; and 

(5) take the Initiative in r«‘^*^oring 
standards of good broadcasting. 

Sholis started out by stressing 
the affiliates’ “sincere respect" for 
the CBS top brass. “For many 
years a mutually satisfactory re- 
lationship has existed between the 
network and its affiliates," he said. 
“We earnestly want it to con- 
tinue.” Calling Columbia the “num* 
her one network,*’ ...he said, “we 
must now accept the responsibility 
of providing leadership for the in- 
dustry. ■ In retrospect it is obvious 
now that this meeting should have 
been held some two years ago." 

He recalled' that two years ago 
NBC announced its intention to 
cut rates, based, on thp Inroads 
made by TV in each s.peciflc radio 
market. But the NBC affiliates 
"Would have none of it and stopped 
NBC cold," he added. Then, he 
went on, CBS wired affiliates it 
was cutting their rates — morning, 
noon and night — for the affiliates, 
while advertisers were getting an 
afternoon and night cut. The web, 
Sholis declared, explained that the 
cut was made to “take us. out of 
the clonk-and-suit business" and 
“was not an adjustment for TV." 

‘Old School Tie’ 

Outlets accepted the move, the 
WHAS topper said,' “primarily for 
the reason of ‘the old school tie’,’* 
not because thev found any Justifi- 
cation for it. He noted that out- 
lets were merely accepting an ac- 
complished fact, since the web had 
mailed letters to bankrollers giv- 
ing them the cut before wiring the 
stations. 

The competition promptly fol- 
lowed suit, Sholis stressed, and to- 
day, 16 months later, the “situ- 
ation is worse. The deals are not 
only still with us, but they’ve sunk 
lower into the sub-basement." 

Reviewing NBC’s projected ^‘cco- 
nomic plan" to readjust rates, 
which was abortive, he said CBS 
followed by rewriting its contract 
with affiliates: (1) revising the 
method of computing percentage 
payment to the affiliate so that 
both the net and the station would 
(Continued on page 35) 



On Tatkr Series 


Although original overtures for 
acquisition of the TV rights ta 
“Ltie With Father", were initiated 
by NBC, it now lo'oks as though 
CBS will grab off the property for 
the upcoming video semester. 

NBC rejected as too steep the 
amount of coin entailed for the TV 
rights to the ex-legit property, 
which set a long-run mark for 
Broadway. Understood that Mrs. 
Clarence Day, widow of the author 
of the original “Father" series, who 
has control of the rights along 
with Howard Lindsay and Russel 
Crouse, who did the legit adapta- 
tion, wanted $500,0(>0 as her share. 
In additional, it would IfSive neces- 
sitated bringing Lindsay and 
Crouse into the picture on an ad- 
ditional fee basis. 

With NBC passing up the deal 
CBS has subsequently moved In, 


%6 


HAHIO-TEUKYISION 


July 2, 1952 



NBC-TV, in gaining rights Jast-^ 
week to the National Collegiate 
Athletic Assn/s fall football sched- 
ule, pulled almost a , complete 
switch on the money-only policy it 
had previously established in bid- 
ding for top sports events-rand so 
managed to win the righte away 
from competing nets who had bid 
more in actual coin. 

Web in its presentation to the, 
NCAA* substituted . originality for' 
money and so, for the first time, is 
not being blamed for setting a dan- 
gerous overpay precedent for the 
rest of the industry, as happened 
when it got the World Series, Hose 
Bowl, etc. In terms of money, NBC 
bid only the minimum asked by 
the NCAA, or twice its hoi^ly 
Class A time rate, whereas other., 
nets are reported to have bid two- 
and*a-half times their Class A rate. 
Web instead placed major emphasis 
on what it thought were ’reasons 
why it should, get the plum instead 
of its competitors. 

History of NBC’s successful cam- 
paigning goes back to mid-April, 
when prexy Joseph H. McConnell 
Issued a blanket memo to all de- 
partments that he wanted the foot- 
ball this year. In 1951, NBC walked 
into the NCAA with a blank check. 
Sports chief Tom Gallery, public 
affairs exec Davidson Taylor and 
other department heads figured 
that all webs this year wQuld have 
access to the same number of - sta- 
tions, the same sponsors’ and- could 
off.er about the same amount > of 
money. As a result, they decided 
to gd ahead with the minimum bid 
and attempt ' to work out a ’ more 
comprehensive and original presen* 
tatlon on What the NCAA could 
gain by granting the-rights tO’NBC. 

■ Result was a fullscale pfeserita- 
tion which included a complete pro- 
jected schedule of all major college 
games the web would like to pick 
up (an especially tough assign- 
men this year because the NCAA 
has ruled that no college can be in- 
cluded more than once during the 
season); a complete schedule o 
small college games, which the web 
will make available to stations on 
a local pick-up basis, if they would 
rather jfiave .them than the major 
game, and plana for promotion, re- 
search and press campaigns. 

Now that it has won the rights, 
NBC’s next move will be to line Up 
a sponsor or sponsors to bankroll 
the grid schedule,’’ As revealed in 
Variety several weeks ago, the 
football package would cost a single 
advertiser about $4,000,000, or 
miore than twice what any of the 
network bankrollers are paying for 
the conventions this year. As a 
result, the sale to any single spon- 
sor would make It the highest sin- 
gle package deal in advertising his- 
tory. NBC has its eye on several 
car companies, but expects finally 

(Continued on page 38) 


Velotta Protests In 
N.Y. Taxi Hearing Ban 



Thomas Velotta. ABC news v.p„ 
.ast week protested to New York’s 
Mayor Vincent H. Impellitteri on 
deputy Charles Horowitz 

ordering tape recording equipment 
of WJZ from the Board .of Esti- 
mates’ hearing bn Increasing taxi 
fares. 

Velotta called the action “a de- 
cided Infringement on the freedom 
of communication and expression 
as well as an impingement on the 
efforts of WJZ to carry-out its pol- 
cy of affording ■ maximum public 
service through • coverage and 
broadcasting of matters of public 
interest.” 

WJZ correspondent Julian An- 
thony was told to get his gear out 
of the hearing, as .a I’esult of which 
a half-hour shoy which had been 
scheduled for that night, Friday 
(27), v)as cancelled. • Velotta said 
that the deputy mayor’s action Was 
“in distinct contrast” to the city’s 
attitude when the outlet recorded 
and aired the board’$ hearirfgs on 
the city budget on three .days in 
April. Anthony asked several of 
the board members to bring up 
the question as to whether he could 
record the session, but all refused 
to bring the issue to a vote. 





HARRY SALTER 

MUSICAL DIRCCTOR 
Sto|i the 



Allen Competing 
With Himself? 


There’s a possibility that when 
Fred Allen preems his Tuesday 
night at 10 television show on NBC 
in the fall for Old Gold cigarets, 
the radio version, which OG has 
also bought, may also go into thej 
Tuesday 10 o’clock segment. That 
would be accomplished through 
the simple expedient of taping the 
sound track of the filmed ’TV show 
and giving it a simultaneous 
spread. Similar process is used 
on the Groucho Marx show, but in 
the case of the latter his radio pro- 
gram is heard on Wednesdays and 
the TV version on Thursday. 

There have been cases, as with 
Arthur Godfrey, of doing a simul- 
taneous live show, but this would 
be the first instance of a filmed 
program competing back-to-back 
with a sound version of the same 
personality. 

Should Allen wind up , Tuesday 
nights on radio, it would give 
NBC a triple programming conti- 
nuity reminiscent of the bigleague 
wartime days when Tuesday on 
NBC led Wie Hooper parade. Dean 
Martin & Jeri*y Lewis go In at 9 
o’clock for Chesterfield (Bob 
Hope’s longtime spot); with Fibber 
& Molly re-slotted for 9:30, and 
Allen at 10. 


NBC-TV this week moved toward 
the solution of one of its chief 
sponsorship problems pn its eiurly- 
bird “Today” show, by wrapping up 
the sale of' a five-minute strip on 
the shpw to General Foods. While 
the 7 -to 9 a. m. cross-the-boarder 
had previously, been showing a 
profit, the web had .not been able 
to crack the top spending advertis- 
ers of GF’s class. As a result, it 
hopes that the GF sale will open 
the gates to a flood of other big- 
coin bankrollers. 

GF, through Young & Rubicam, 
bought the strip for an original 13 
weeks, at an estimated cost for the 
cycle of $175,000.. On a. 52-week 
basis, that would total, well over 
$500,000. NBC sales execs hence- 
forth will pitch the fact that, if an 
advertiser like GF, interested only 
in l?uying On the best cost-per- 
thopsand deal available, purchased 
“Today,” then the show definitely 
pays off for its sponsors. . GF will 
plug Jell-O Pudding and its cereals. 

NBC this week also sold a strip 
on the show to Polaroid for a spe- 
cial six-week campaign for its Land 
Camera. Deal is * considered sea- 
sonal, since camera manufacturers 
traditionally do their heaviest ad- 
vertising during the summer 
months. 


LOEW'S THEATRES SETS 
6 WEEKS OF TV SPOTS 

Loew’s Theatres, one of the top 
N. Y. filmery circuits, which got 
its feet wet in television plugging 
via a buy of WOR-TV’s Happy Fel- 
ton show, plunged further into vi- 
deo this week by pacting for a six- 
week series of spots on WCBS-TV, 
key station of the CBS-TV web in 
N. Y. Outfit is one of three new 

spot bankrollers which the station 
lined up this week to take ad- 
vantage of the 45% discount offer 
on daytime plugs to any sponsor 
buying 12 or more per week. 

Loew’s deal, placed through 
Honahue & Coe, calls for two spots 
daily six days each week, starting 
July 7. Maxwell House, which al- 
ready had four spots weekly on 
the station, rounded, out its quota 
of 12 by signing a 39-week deal 
calling for eight more announce- 
ments each M'eek. Rival Dogfood 
pacted for 12 daytime spots week- 
ly for 52 "weeks, starting July 20. 


Sari Francisco, July 1. 

‘ Twenty-seven, hours on the air 
$401,500 bn the tote board. And 
uncounted dollars still to be tallied. 

Those . are the statistics socked 
home by the KGO and KGO-TV 
Second Annual Cerebral Palsy 
Marathon that sweht through this 
city, like a hurricane frbm 9 p. m., 
Friday, until Saturday midnight 
and transformed a widely adver- 
tised “Celebrity Parade” into a uni- 
versally applauded, heart-warming 
“People’s Parade.” 

.It made television history here.' 
It tbpj^led Milton Berle’s telethon 

endurance record and topped it by 
three hours. It pulled in more do- 
nations than any ’non-network tele- 
thon on record, far- exceeding the 
$350,000 netted by the Bob Hope- 
Jack Webb Cerebral Palsy, telethon 
in Los Angeles.' 

“Dragnet’s” Jack Webb came 
home to co-emcee the show with 
Lee Giroux, the local TV Acad- 
emy’s “Man of the Year’’ for 1952. 
Webb and Giroux worked the en- 
tire show, never leaving camera ex 
cept during the longer floor show 
numbers. 

Evangeline Baker and Fr.eddy 
Jorgensen kept pace on radio, fill- 
ing with commentary and inter- 
views whenever the impact of video 
out-weighed the audio. 

Talent by the star-studded doz- 
ens flew from Hollywood to help 
the cause, including Margaret 
O’Brien, John Agar, ’ Hal Peary, 
Janet Waldo, Johnny Mack Brown, 
Cliff Arquette, Benay Venuta, Ros 
coe Ates, Walter Slezak and Anita 
Gordon. 

Local nite. spots had almost 100% 
representation. The Ice Follies en- 
.tertained, later passed baskets at 
their own show, and returned with 
$2,000 collected from their audi- 
ence. Other groups did the same — 
Bimbo’s 365, Sinaloa, Forbidden 
City, Italian Village. When the 
show was running long, • several 
floor shows left their clubs and 
came back for another turn. 

Local entertainers appeared and 
re-appeared — Jack Ross. Keriny 
Burt, Miguelito Valdes, Joaquin 
Garay, Nancy Andrews, April Stev- 
ens, Patsy PArker, Barbara Mcrit- 
chle, Dorothy Baker, Geraldine 
Farmar, Rusty Draper, Earl 
“Fatha” Hines, Armand Girard, 
Paris Sisters, George Cerruti, Ted 
Johnson. Employees from every 
rival station were on hand to help 
in some way. 


Two to Make Reddy 

Tom Reddy’s “Top -of the 
World” stanza, which started 
on ABC radio, Isn’t heard in 
New York because the “Tom 
Reddy Show” is aired on the 
web’s Gotham key, WJZ, at 
the same time. 

Reddy is heard live on the 
local outlet, 11-11:30 a.m. 
cross-the-board, while his net- 
work program of interviews 
from the Empire State Build- 
ing observation tower Is 
beamed via tape at 11:15 a.m. 


pinff CrosWi windup for Chesterfield 'hst week included a 
comedp insert 'with Ken ^arp'enter on h^s eiffote cancellation and 
“aotta-0efra-spo.n3?.or’' pitebV Fpfccpti that it never' got on the air, the 
client registering a balk. Following are extracts of the deleted 
script: 

Carpenter; Have you got a sponsor line(3[ up yet? ^ 

Crosby: (Cpies) (Sings) ^’If Youi- Sponsor. -Whites ; ^ patter of 
Good-bye’* < • • „ , , 

Carpenter: Ay, ay, ay , . . Bing, you mean Chesterfield has given 

you the gate? > . .■ 

Crosby: No, no, no, Chesterfield didn't give me . the gate . . .but 
they did send me a telegram which - said: “FOR THREE. YEARS 
YOH have SOUNDED OFF FOE CHESTERFIELD . . . NEXT 
YEAR, SHOVE OFF” , . . It was a nice, friendly- telegram, but to 

^^C^^eriier: Oh Bing, I can’t believe the Chesterfield people sent 
you a wire like that. , , 

Crosby: Of course, not . . . I’m just kidding . . . just trying to light- 
en our tragedy . . . Seriously, Ken, the Chesterfield people are sorry 
—they’re just sorry that th6y can’t get together because they want 
a television show. ' . 

Carpenter: Why don’t ydu do television? 

Crosby: No time, Ken . . . you see, with pictures and radio, and 
Jooking for a sponsor for radio, my time is full 
^ Carpenter: Well, look, if you don’t get a radi<rsponsor, will you 
do tele-vision? 

Crosby: I'm not gonna forsake radio . . . still lots of grand people 
tune into this grand mediuriT.' ' 

Carpenter: Sure, but what about a sponsor? 

Crosb:^rBtii*F,“but what about a sponsor? 

Crosby: Ken, we’re here to entertain the folks now . . , 
Carpenter: Okay^ let’s forget, about opr problem.' 

* * Crosby: Sure . , . I do feel though Ken, . like pausing for just a 
mom^nT; for^some refreshment . . . would you mind running next 
door and getting me a Coca-Cola? 

Carpenter: Not at all. 

Crosby: Oh say— and as long 'as you're going- to the -restaurant 
you might as well bring back a delicious, shimmying dish of 
Jell- 0 . 

■ Carpenter: Oh yes sir! Yes sir! 
should I bring back a bar of soap? 

Crosby: I don’t think that will be necessary, Keri . . 
haven’t had any nibbles ..from any of the soap people.. . 

Carpenter: Are we that washed up? 

Crosby: Oh, look out . . . no, not at all ... T got a terrific offer to 
go on the air for a French firm ^ . a big PariS: company. 

Carpenter: Oh, perfume? 

Crosby: Snails. 

Carpenter: Snails? 

Crosby: Yup, Sulette’s Soigne Succulent Snailsl- 
. Carpenter: Things are slow aren’t they? But Bing, look, very 
few people in this country eat snails. 

Crosby: Yeah, but wait till we go on the air .for these snails— 
everybody’ll be eating ’em. 

Carpenter*: Oh no, I won’t. 

Crosby: The average snail tastes like it was manufactured by the 
United States Rubber Company. 

Carpenter; United States Rubber Company? Are they still inter- 
ested? 

Crosby: Sending out a feeler - : . . but don’t worry ♦ . . 

Peggy (Lee): I’m sorry to hear that this is your last broadcast. 
Crosby: This is the last broadcast of this season, Peggy , . . we’ll 
be back on the air in the Fall. 

Eeggy: Oh . , . Who is your sponsor going to be? 

Crosby; Well Peg, I can’t divulge- the name of my new sponsor 
yet . . . because I don’t know who it is yet. 

Peggy: Well, you don’t seem to be worried. 

Crosby: I have superb control . . . really, Peg, I’m not worried . . . 
because tomorrow morning I’m heading for the ranch in my Hop- 
along (Dassidy hat, my Levis and my Westex Boots, 

Peggy: Now there’s a nice list of sponsors. 

Crosby: Could be. 


» And as long as I’m going out, 
or a box of.spap chips? 

so far we 




Htq^eralds Discover 
20% U.S. Customs’ Tax 
On Foreign Taped Shows 

Ed. and Pegeen Fitzgerald dis- 
covered that there is a 20% duty, 
predicated on the value of the 
commercial radio time, on all tape- 
recordings made abroad and 
shipped back for broadcasting. 
U. S. Customs assesses the taped 
interviews on the commercial 
value of the time-slots. Accord- 
ingly, the Mr. and Mrs. team will 
only originate one broadcast to- 
morrow (Thursday) morning from 
Capt. Manning’s quarters aboai’d 
the new S.S. United States, and 
then 'proceed on the maiden voy- 
age, essentially as a holiday. If 
there is • a means of getting ship- 
board taped-interviews back to 
their WJ2i, N.Y., origination point, 
without that 20% customs rap 
they will proceed as originally in- 
tended. It is stin in the process 
of rationalization. 

If the taped broadcasts are con- 
sidered as news they probably can 
be brought in sans duty. In 1949- 
50, MBS gabber Cecil Brown 
fought out the issue with Customs, 
claiming that tapes which had been 
impounded pending valuation con 
stltuted “extinguishing of the 
news.” He argued that it was like 
taxing an Associated Press news 
wire. As a result the ruling was 
changed and on his round-the- 
world four-month trip last year, 
Brown sent back his tapes without 
any hitch. 

Also aboard the maiden voyage 
are RCA board chairman Briga- 
dier-General David Samoff and 
his wife; John (El Morocco) 
Perona, and a flock of military and 
naval brass, socialites, et al. 


Mutual $ Cuffo 
Talent Spread 

Mutual has grabbed itself a flock 
of major entej^iners for a 12-weck 
summer ride bn % practically cuffo 
basis through the simple expedient 
of remoting the talent headliners 
appearing at Atlantic City’s Steel 
Pier. Program, tabbed “Dancing by 
the Sea,” will be further embell- 
ished by some production values, 
with the network pacting Al Owen, 
of WMID. Atlantic City, for pro- 
duction, script and emcee chores. 

Show will feature pier bands and 
stage headliners along with name 
entertainers appearing*in clubs at 
A. C. and Wildwood. Among bands 
scheduled are Louis Prima, Tommy 
Dorsey, Tony Pastor, Billy May, 
Ralph Flanagan, Buddy Murrow 
and others. Patti Page, Tony Ma^ 
tin and Johnnie Ray are among 
the stage personalities set. 

Show will be aired from 5 to 
5:45 Saturday afternoons, starting 
this Saturday (5). 

• CBS Radio is also .“P 

the name bands from Steel 
as a half-hour segment of its 
a Sunday Afternoon” spread. 

LacyU AM-athon 

Jack Lacy, disk jockey chairn^n 
of the N. Y. Herald Tribune Fresn 
Air Fund, will conduct an am- 
athon for the fund on his „ 

WINS program next Wednesaay 

(9). 

Lacy program, which . starts a 
12:30 p.m., will spin platters J 
quested .by dialers who L 

or more to the cause. 
phones will be set up in an adj 








Washington, July 1, 

Trfevision in»y pretty much a. network and big town mo- 
nftlv at the' poUtkal «>iive;ntions, but when it comes, to sound 
thev’U be there from Keokuk to Kankakee. 

^^Rroadcast atat^nt in the medium size and smaller, cities are all 
fta move in on. Chicagoi, with tape, platters and even direct 
back home. • tt ia admitted here that many a convention ex- 
"ijisive will be picked up by such stations, despite the competition 
nf their high powered metropolitan rivals. 

some of the mote colorfully named non-metropolitan 
/•jHes whose broadcasters are accredited to the political hassles are: 
niiwein and Keokuk,. Xowa; Siloam Springs,. Ark.; Bozeman and 
Sssoula, Mont.; Avinget, Tex.; Kankakee , and Blue Island, lU.; 
Warsaw Ind.; X*dy)Mnith, Wis.; Bowling Green and Campbellville, 
vv Tuialoosa, Ala,: Pocatello, Idaho; North Wilkesboro and South- 
s’ Pines, N. C*;. Galjipolis. and Moorhead and Willmar, Minn. 


B oasters to 




Washington, July 1. 

Keep hands off TV and let audi- 
ence*conscious broadcasters Work 
out program problems oh* the me- 
dium. This was the appeal which 
tbe broadcasting industry 'made to 
Congress last week as the House 
Interstate Commerce' subcommittee 
investigating immoi^af and 'Offensive 
programs completed the first phase 
of its hearings. , ’ 

At a session last Thursday'- <26) 
to hear testimony from the Na- 
tional Assn, of Hadio- and TV 
Broadcasters, John E. Fetzer, chair- 
man of the Television Code Beview' 
Board, pleaded for patience with 
the new and dynamic medium. 
“After all,” he told the Committee, 
“television is a mirror of the genius 
and talent and of the thought of 
the American people. Its level can 
be no higher than the general 
level of education and culture of 
our people.” 

Fetzer, who owns WKZO-TV in 
Kalamazoo, Mich., • rerhlnded the 
Committee that • TV has “multitu- 
dinous problems” in programming 
and developing program personnel. 

“Many programs on the'*air today 
are only temporary adjimcts to a 
finer plan of development that will 
evolve from practical operating ex- 
perience,” he said. “It should- 1^ 
remembered that talent Irt Tf 
reaches a high mortality rate.” 

To illustrate his point, . Fetzer 
noted that the combined output of 
Hollywood film studios in 1951 was 
432 features or, 684 hours of enter- 
tainment or only enough for one 
TV station for six weeks. “In 
other words,” he said, “the entire 
motion picture yearly output of 

(Continued oh page 38) 


K&E Lops OS 



Kenyon & Eckhardt,. which gaye 
vp two major accounts within the 

if a lopped six radio-TV 

staffers off its roster during the 
ast week. Ageiicy thus follows 
le pattern set recently by both 
oung & Rubicam and Weintraub 
in trimming its staff in line with a 

cutback in billings. 

Tfan ® , voluntarily resigned the 
it -had, with the 
billings plum swinging 
had Burnett, which already 

loct th® account. K&E also 
y -250,000 Piers Beer busi- 
V'hich transferred over to 




Scripfar' 

Mannie Manheim 

‘Puffing and Sipping 
On TV* 

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MU «mhsIh« bytlN* $r»ry Ih th«i 

7 th Annual Radi<a-Televi$ion 
Review & Preview ISumher 

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Chicago, July 1. 

Threat of a strike was aVeftei 
yesterday (Mon.) when ABC and 
NBC came to terms \\dth radio 
newswriters of NABET, with a 
formal - contract to be signed, at 
their mutual convenience. 

Pact, which runs until January, 
1954, calls for $105 weekly the 
first year, $120 the second and 
$135 thereafter. Salary, however, 
is subject to ’review on Jan. 4, 
1953. 

Other ..network concessions, in- 
clude two consecutive days off 
each ‘ week, . and 10% additional 
pay if any part of tour of duty 
falls within 2 to 5 a.m. 


f hilco Adds to Coverage 

^ With ABC HilfStrip 

ventinn°'/'y^^ backing the con- 

^inuu bought a five- 

ABc cross-the-board. on 

Hili’e • Show will be Edwin C. 
'vhich News,” 

P-ni sinf ^ ^he 10:30-10:35 

opposite 

commentnrl -Montgomery quickie 
Hill hac I on NBC. 

^un\bei' ^^oeen broadcasting for a 
sponsors on ABC, al- 
*^hain. ^ P^’®sent he is not on the 


Kelly lipped at WMAL; 

New Asst. Manager 

Washington, July 1. 

Charles L. Kelly has been 
named assistant general m,anagejJ 
of stations WMAL-AM-FM-TV 
here. Stations, ABC affiliates, are 
owned by The Evening Star. Mah- 
lon A. Glascock has been upped 
as director of radio and television 
sales for the Star stations. 

Kelly, WMAL program director 
since 1949, was previously pro- 
gi'am-production manager of Du- 
Mont TV in New York and pro- 
gram - production manager of 
WNBW, the Washington outlet for 
NBC television. 


]?^G*s current administrative re- 
appraisal and repatterning, sparked 
by the recent appointment of Syl- 
vester L; (Pat) Weaver' as veepce 
in charge of both radio and tele- 
vision operations, with Frank 
White as general manager for both- 
AM and TV, has . served to h,ie(h' 
light an existing confusion within 
the organization in regards to dual 
veepeeships and duplication of 
functions among key personnel. 

It's anticipated that, in a further 
expansion of the current executive 
reshuffling, an attempt will be 
made to resolve the Siamese com- 
plex; that appears to find some of 
the network administrators mired 
in a state of flux. 

Where other networks are con- 
tent with one finance adnunlstra- 
tOr, NBC actually has two key execs 
functioning within that area. They 
are Joseph Heffernan, v^p. in 
charge of finance, and Joseph Mc- 
Donald, who was brought over from 
ABC as veepee-treasurer of the 
NBC organization. 

NBC employees also see a need 
for some clarification of the 
owned-and-operafed” ' divisional 
setup, with two' veepees now func- 
tioning in that area; James Gaines 
is the network's key o ^ o man. 
But. another y.p., Carleton Smith, 
who was head of NBC's AM-TV sta- 
tion relations before Harry Bannis- 
ter was brought in, has been moved 
into the a- & o setup as,- well. 

Madden-Frey in Sales 

The situation in TV sales has 
been a . source of some confusion. 
Edward A. Madden is ,the veepee 
in charge of television sales, with 
the additional title of “operations.” 
But also carrying the. title of v.p. in 
charge of TV sales is George Freyi 
who in turn reports to Madden. 

Similarly, two veepees function 
within the area of public relations- 
press; namely, Bill Brooks, who has 
the top p.r. ranking, and Syd Eiges, 
who reports to Brooks. 

It's to be noted .that none- of 
this pertains, as' in the ca^e of CBS, 
to any “split down the middle” 
technique, which obviously entails 
the designation of separate veepee- 
ships for both AM and TV. In the 
case of NBC, the duplications en- 
compass the same areas of opera- 
tion. " . 

Similarly there are two general 
executives in TV — ;Davidson Tay- 
lor, Jr., and A. A. Schechter. The 
TV news operators report to Tay- 
lor. The operators of the early 
morning “Today” show (which is 
basically news) report to Schech- 
ter. Slightly confusing the picture 
IS the fact that while TV news 
chief Bill McAndrew reports to 
Taylor, 'the head of AM news — 
Henry Cassiry — ^reports to Charles 
(Bud) Barry, radio programming 
veepee. 

Mean-v^le the status of Charles 
R. Denny, executive vice-president, 
now that the Weaver-White combo 
heads up radio-TV,* continues to 
prompt considerable conjecture 
around the network. 


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Lester Gottlieb 

(CIS KckIm Prdamm V.P.) 

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DUE SOON 



TV 'Omnilms’ Sets 



Budd Getschal on Own 

Getschal A Richard ad agency 
h^s been dissolved, with Budd 
Getschal, former head of the out- 
fit, setting up a new agency under 
the name of the Getschal Co. He’ll 
be prexy, and is retaining the 
predecessor’s staff and accounts. 

New firm also lined up two new 
clients, signing to represent Fed- 
eral Home Products on all media, 
and Joy Hosiery for radio and 
TV. 


Genesis 

Minneapolis, July 1. 

In one North Dakota town, 
Litchfield, 340 miles distant 
from KSTP-TV and WTCN-TV 
here, there’s already one tele- 
vision set. The filling station 
proprietor, who owns it, has a 
huge and co.stly aerial and 
claims he.’s able to get. “about 
an hour a week” of reception. 
He's a wrestling fan and par- 
ticularly happy when he’s able 
to receive those shows out of 
the Twin Cities. 

So far the existence of the 
one TV set hasn’t hurt business 
at the single Litchfield movie 
theatre, the set owner's two 
sons being among the regular 
patrons of the showhousc. 


First network television show to 
• « * ' > 

be produced by the Ford Founda- 
tion will be an hour-and-a-hall 
weekly peries of varied fwmats, 
which will be written, directed 
and acted in by some of the top 
U. S. and foreign talent. Titled 
“Omnibus,” the series will be aired 
Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p. m. via 
CBS-TV, starting Nov. 9. 

As detailed last week in Variety, 
the show is to be available for 
sponsorship, .which will give the 
Foundation’s Radio-TV tYorkshop 
a chance to recoup its pi’oduction 
costs and give CBS a chance to ob- 
tain Its time revenue. Unde.r plans 
set this week, the series will be 
offered to five participating bank- 
rollers, each of which must be ac- 
ceptable to the Foundation.' 

Alistair Cooke, chief correspond- 
ent in the U. S. for the Manchester 
Guardian and winner of a Peabody 
Award this year, Is to. be emcee. 
Shows are to be both live and film. 
Now in .the works, according to 
■Workshop director Robert Skudek, 
are three original plays by Max- 
well Anderson; five short French 
ballets now being produced in 
Paris; a special video series by 
maestro Leopold Stokowski; exam- 
ples of how film is used in medical 
research and in industry; a series 
of plays by James Agee, plus occa- 
sional films made by the American 
Museum of Natural History, the 
N. Y. Zoological Society and other 
American and foreign institutions. 

In addition to tliese, Richard de 
Rochemont, formerly -producer of 
March, of Time, and Jean Benoit- 
Levy, will present individual shows 
on “Omnibus.” Besides Saudek, 
the permanent staff of the show 
Includes John Coburn Tumer, Sau- 
dek’s assistant, and Franklin Hel- 
ler, now on leave" from CBS-TV. 
Initial "Omnibus’* series is planned 
for a 26-week run. 


Chicago, July 1, 

’ Shrewd maneuver by Guy Ga- 
brielson. Republican national com-* 
mittec chairman, forced the televl* 
Sion networks to toss in the towel 
temporarily today (Tues.) On" their 
attempts to cover the GOP com- . 
ihlttce hearings at the Hotel Hil- 
ton here. Barred from the con- 
tested delegate hearings, conse- 
quently, the TV Webs settled for 
moving their cameras into a session 
being 'held by party bigwigs on the^ 
civil rights Issue. 

CBS-TV and NBG-TV both- set 
up their cameras In the committee 
hearing room early this inorning. 
CBS went on the air from there at 
11 «a.m, but NBC, considering the 
proceedings at that time too dull, 
to televise, didn’t bother to do 
pickup. Promptly at 11:30 when 
it looked as though the -session 
might get Interestingv Gabrieispn 
calle.d a temporary adjournment. 
Then, when the session reconveneid 
at 2 p.m., the nets found that the 
committee chalnhan had moved in- 
to a different room and had locked 
the door on them. 

NBC sneaked a radio- mike into 
the second roor- and attached it to 
a tape recorder,. Through that ruse,. ’, 
the web was able to pick up some 
of the talk for a playback on its 
regular news shows. Mike was sub- 
sequently spotted, though, and dis- 
connected. While newspaper re- 
porters were permitted into the 
hearing room, meanwhile, all still 
and newsreel ^ cameras w'ere 
banned, same as 'the TV lenses, - 
Prior to the session's convening 
this morning, backers of both Sen, 
Robert A. Taft and Gen. Dwight D. 
Eisenliower, chief GOP candidates, 
placed the blame squarely on the 
other for the nix on TV’ing the 
hearings. Both said they them-, 
selves w'ere in favor of It, but could 
not go against tlie wishes of the - 
committee .execs. Sub-committee 
has been formed, meanwhile, to in- 
vestigate the situation, but it is not 
expected to act until the meetings 
are concluded. 


ERNIE SIMON'S 35G 
WGN EXCLUSIVE PACT 

Chicago, July 1. 

Ernie Simon, one of Chi’s better- 
known disk jockeys and teevee per- 
sonalities, w'as. signed to an ex- 
clusive WGN contract last week, it 
was announced by the station's gen- 
eral manager Frank P. Schreiber. 
Although details of the pact were 
not revealed, it’s reported Simon 
will get a minimum of $35,000 an- 
nually. 

Simon was a longtime disk jock 
on several Windy City radio sta- 
tions; his five .years on WBKB’s 
“Curbstone Cut-Up” on WBKB 
make him *a video veteran. He 
starts his new activities with a 2 
to 3 p. m. d.j. stint on WGN, and 
the station has tele plans for him 
in the fall. He’ll be available for 
web programming on both Mutua 
and DuMont, with which WGN and 
WGN-TV are affiliated. 


KeHogg (hm) 
Biz to Buraett 


With Kenyon & Eckhardt hav- 
ing resigned its share of the Kel-' 
logg account, the cereal sponsor 
has put all its brands into the Leo 
Burnett agency’s basket for ad- 
vertising in the U. S. and Canada, 
effective Oct. 1. 

Move was expected in the trade 
since Burnett had recently picked 
off part of the Kellogg’s billings. 
The new brands, including All 
Bran, Pep, the Variety package. 
Bran Flakes, Raisin Bran, Shred- 
ded Wheat, Gro-Pup and the com- 
pany’s feed division, will give Bur- 
nett an additional $3,000,000 an- 
nually in bilUngs. it's estimated. 
It has been handling Corn Flakes 
and Rice Krispies. 

Move will end snafus such as the 
Battle Creek outfit battling ' itself 
last fall, when a' Burnett-placed 
kidstrip was on Mutual and a K&E- 
handled kidstrip was on ABC, both 
in the same 5:30 p.m. period. The 
MBS-Burnett entries remained on 
while the ABC-K&E shows were 
eventually yanked. 


Burnett’s $35,000,000 Billings 
Chicago, July 1. 

Leo Burnett agency’s annusd 
billings will swell to an estimated 
$35,000,000 in October when it 
adds the $3,000,000 allocated to the 
Kellogg Co. products wlflch were 
formerly handled by Kenyon & 
Eckhardt. 

Burnett also gets Kellogg feed di- 
vision appropriations for/nerly 
placed by Klau-Van Pietersom-Dun- 
lap. 

Burnett got into thq Kellogg pic- 
ture three years ago. New prod- 
ucts added by the October switch 
are All Bran, Gro-Pup, Pep, Raisin 
Bran, Bran Flakes and Shredded 
i Wheat. 






'WeAi^ny, Judy 2, 1952 


Tele Foliow-Up Conmtent 


Edward iL MurroW, with a 
chance to score with a one-two 
parlay on CBS-TV's Now' 

Sunday (29), made only the second 
half of the show pay off— his covn 
crage of a mock atom bomb attack 
on N. y. City. First half of the 
show, in which he flew out fp Den- 
ver for an exclusive filmed inter- 
view with Gep, DjWight D.'Eisen- 
hower, missed fire, mostly because 
both the questions he fired at the 
general and the latter’s answers 
were strictly political platitudes, 
A-bbmb segment, however, had all 
the suspense aiid thrills of a Hol- 
lyAYOod super-production, besides 
underscoring sharply this country’s 
vulnerability to an enemy air raid, 
which Murrow blamed mostly on a 
lack of volufiteer civilian spotters. 

Marrow and his 'co-producer, 
Fred W. Friendly, had CBS coni- 
mentator Harold K. Smith flying in. 
a B-29 from a Fpropeah base, with 
a film cameraman also On board to 
record the aotlon. Murrow him- 
self was on a jet interceptor, one 
of several I which caught up with 
the bomber over Connecticut but 
which was not able to interfere 
with its bombing , run, . Through 
carefully shrewd editing of the raid, 
last Wednesday (25), the suspense 
mounted gradually ‘ as the B-29 
with its two escorts approached 
Manhattan and finally Simulated 
dropping its A-bomb just, a block 
from the Empire State Building. 
Depiction of how the bomber could 
escape the Army’s radar net and 
the intricate manepverings con- 
fronting the civilian defense volun- 
teers in tracking its course was ef- 
fectively projected. 

Eisenhower interview was set up 
at Iko’s invitation, with Murrow 
having flown to Denver Thursday 
(26) to huddle with the GOP Presi- 
dential candidate in the backyard 
of his in-laws’ home. Fifteen- 
minute bit served to get across 
Ike's family personality but, ex- 
. cept for a few cracks at Sen. 
Hobert A. Taft, his chief contender 
for the nomination, he hadn’t much 
to say. The gardener was brought 
out for a few lines of dialog and 
Mrs. Ike served them some iced 
tea, which Murrow and the general 
apparently enjoyed because the 
weather was hot. It would seem 
that Ike missed a good bet to get 
in some real politicking via the 
Interview 

One of’ the .CBS-TV film projec- 
tors, incidentally, broke dow dur- 
ing the show, forcing Murrow to 
deliver the Alcoa commercial liVc. 
As usual in such cases, the plug 
was far more effective that way. 
Stanza was the last of the' season, 
and Murrow tossed in a neat pitdi 
on how nice it had been to work 
for Alcoa duklng the season. Show 
v/111 be back for the same bank- 
roller In the fall. Stal 


viewed saying “thanks'' was left on 
the soundtrack, tipping the dub- 
blrtg-in device. 

•There were a, couple of switch- 
ing miscues, with the film' npt com- 
ing in on time, and for a moment 
a shot of Edwards butted into, the 
commercial. 

t 

NBC-TV's “Camel .Newsreel 
Theatre,” to mark the launching 
of nightly pickups from the C^ast, 
moved commentator John Caincron 
Swayze to < Hollywood. Monday 
night (30), for a highly-interesting, 
quarter-hour session. • To show off 
TV's on-the-spot capabflities, 
Swayze's Initial appearance was 
preceded by live skyline pickups 
from N. Y., Chicago and Omaha, 
with the Hollywood cameras then 
bringing him ‘into view on the slde^ 
walk before the NBC studios at 
Sunset and Vine. (Similar stunt 
had been pulled by Edward R. 
Murrow On hia "See It Now” via 
CBS-TV, but .it’s still tremend- 
ously effective.) 

Swayze’s first news story para- 
doxically was the fire which swept 
through the GreenpOint 'section of 
Brooldyn Monday afternoon and it 
seemed slightly '‘• strange to haVe 
him introduce • film clips of the 
fire 'from the sunny Hollywood 
streetcorner. ' Rest of the show 
was up to the usual VCarayan”. 
standards, including, live picJwps 
from Chicago and Washington’ on 
current events, and films on Sec- 
retary of- State Dean Acheson’s 
landing in Berlin and the anti- 
Syhgipan Rhee riots in Seoul, 
Korea. During this time, Swayze 
spieled from, a desk inside the 
NBC studios. He was supposed to 
run back outside again, to intro- 
duce the new Miss Universe for a 
surprise windup, hut Kis timing 
was off and- there was an em- 
baiTassed pause ‘while confused 
voices of ‘ the crew came in ' over 
the ; audio system; 

sWayze will work^ from Holly- 
wood for the remainder of this 
week and then move to Chi for 
originations there during the poli- 
tical conventions,' ^ Stal, 


The new • S.S. United States 
luxury liner got its TV shakedown 
Saturday night (28) when “Your 
Hit Parade” show made its finale 
videocast of the season via a live 
pickup from the ship. With each 
production number staged in a dif: 
fereht part of the liner, the 
cameras were able to spotlight the 
richly appointed staterooms, res- 
taurants, bridge and decks. It was 
a cleverly executed stunt in which 
the ship’s decor served as a lush 
background for the show’s rundown 
of the liit songs. As .usual, Dorothy 
Collins, 'Eile6n Wilson and Snooky 
Lanson (in a commander’s uniform) 
ably handled the vocals while the 
ballet troupe performed an attrac- 
tive number on deck. 

Show had an overall holiday at- 
mosphere that got the show off to a 
fast finish before the vacation sea- 
ison and provided an additional pro- 
motional fillip to the United 
States. Herm. 


New setting has been given 
Douglas Edwards on his cross-the- 
board news .stint for Oldsmobile 
on CBS-’fV. It’s a- simpler back- 
ground, which provides an unclut- 
tered appearance, and the nows 
spicier was lensed almost continu- 
ously in close-ups. Effect was good, 
giving greater emphasis to the 
items and eliminating distracting 
props. Similarly, the baseball 
scoreboard has a cleaner,* more 
legible format. 

Edwards continues an effective 
gabber, with a sincere, forthright 
manner. On^tlie show caught Mon- 
day (30) he had some good film 
footage of the big Brooklyn fire 
(altlmugh not as much or as dra- 
matic as that on the NBC-TV 
“Camel News Caravan”), an Im- 
pactful segment on an attempted 
assassination of Republic of Koro.a. 
president Syn^an Rfiee and an in- 
terview with peneral Eisenhower. 
Latter had the general' seated si- 
lently while Edwards interpolated 
a question that Ike answered. How- 
ever, voice of the actual intei-^ 


Worthington (Tony) Miner, who 

got oif to a slow start in his first 
assignment as NBC-TV producer 
with 'the jpreem of his “Curtain 
Call” series two weeks ago, head- 
ed back: to the right track with the 
second stanza last Friday night 
(27). Only reason that he didn’t 
go all the way- was the fact that he 
picked a particularly slow-moving 
and .off4he-beaten-path story, via 
his own adaptation of an old legend 
by , Lafeadio Hearn, titled “’The 
Sour of the Great Bell.” As played 
by a good Oast' topped by Boris 
Karloff and newcomer Rainionda 
Orselli, the show generated a quiet 
type of jvarmth and chaim but, 
overall, failed to register too 
strongly. ' 

Story of a Chinese girl’s devo 
tion to her father, the legend told 
of the father, an ancient Mandarin, 
being ordered by his lord to make 
a tremendous bell of brass, gold 
and silver. Girl learned that the 
three metrils would not unite un- 
less they . were idlxed with the 
blood of a virgin, so threw herself 
into the molten mass just before 
it was poured into the molds. Cen- 
turies later,, according to the leg 
ehd, her sighing voice can still be 
heard each time the bell is struck. 

Cast, under the capable direction 
of Kirk Browning, furthered the 
fairy-tale aspects of the story with 
their fine thesping. Karloff under- 
played his role to just the right ex 
tent as the' Mandarin. Miss Or- 
■selll, . one-time premiere danseuse 
with the San Carlo Opera, didn’t 
have much chance to dance but 
scored with ’her thesping. She’s a 
looker and, based on her work in 
this show, is definitely a comer. 
Richard Purdy, as an ancient sooth- 
sayer; Ethel Everett, as the girl’s 
maid; Robert Dale Martin, and 
David Pfeffer rounded out the cast. 

Show carried the usual top- 
drawer Miner production mount- 
ings, including original music by 
Lehman Engel and sets by Harry 
Horner. Dance of the metal work- 
ers, created by ' Felicia Sorel, 
didn’t show much. RCA-Victor, as 
sponsor, confined its blurbing to 
; an opening pitch by Tony Martin 
! foi the new line of record-players 
' and a final plug for air-condition- 
ers. Fact that the bankroller per 
! mitted the Bho\Y to roll through 
with no break for a middle com 
, mercial is to its credit. Stal. 


SCIENCE LABOKATORY 
WHh jbr. T«hi Gr«iWy 
DIrecior: liiliir.ElleMm 
!• Mini., Moii-ihni-Fri., (t;35 'pM. 
KELVINA’tOJR-WHlRLFOOL 

DEALERS 

KRON-Xy, Eranelttcd 
‘With solid shbwmanaJtiip, a “this 
is-how-you-do-it" technique and 
a comparatively healthy bank- 
sponsored budget, Dr. Tom Groody 
helped make KijrO-'IV’s "Science 
in Action” the inost honored and 
.frequently .awarded * tele’show in 
this area. ; 

A while back lie broke with the 
California Academy of. Sciences tq 
venture on his own With this- “Sci- 
ence Laboratory” daily 'strip in 
capsule form. ‘ After ebasting on 
sustaining coattails for.a^few 
weeks he nabbCd a brace of spon- 
s6^^^ who pitch, easy coifimercials 
yH capitaliie on Groody’a scien*^ 
title tojpics. . 

•Calm, comfortable and cqmpe-' 
tent in appearance, pipe-smoking 
and smock-clad, Dr. Groody takes 
the world as his oyster: and unveils 
fascinating pearls of knowledge — 
from snakes to, heart beats, from 
body, temperatures to blood pres- 
sure, He presents his material in 
short, easy-to-digest doses, ampU- 
ties it . with . pictorial evidence — 
models, drawings, diaoramas, 
maiJS« 

, He scorns an;^ kind of a script, 
ties his topics' to the news when- 
eyer possible, always includes per- 
tinent weather data. 

On a recent show. (27) he dwelt 
on man-made camouflage com- 
pared with “disrupted coloration” 
common, to animal life. With card- 
board .models he gave grai^ic ex- 
amples-^giraffes, tigers, birds, 
•frogs, .deer and sloths — showing 
how they were, epneealed in their 
native habitat, . though gawdy and 
easily seen , elsewhere. 

Materia) is eyeful ' interesting to 
all ages. Qroody's personal TV 
aplomb gives it a additional video , 
impact, Dwit. 

LET THEM BE HEARD 
With Robert Eddy; others 
Director: Tom Weatherwax 
30 Mins., 'Wednesdays, 9 p.m. 
Sustiinfng 

KGO-TV, San Francisco 

Mast exciting controversial 
panel show to hit local screens 
in many a memory. 

. Project is joint public service 
program engineered by KGO-TV 
and CJolden Gate. College. Robert 
Eddy of the GG faculty acts as 
moderator, picks torrid topics 
from the current events file and 
tosses them to gents well equipped 
to unravel the pro and con argu- 
ments. 

Kickoff topic, “Should There 
Be a Change in the Political Party 
in Power?,” was raw meat ma- 
terial for Republicans Charles 
Travers and Roger Lapham, Jr., 
(son of the ex-Mayor) and Demo- 
crats Robert 1. McCarthy and Irv- 
ing Rosenblatt, Jr. Speaking for 
themselves as active party - work 
horses (but not as spokesmen for 
candidates nor confined to ques- 
tions submitted by viewers), they 
were in a position to knock them- 
selves out with off-the-cuff ad 
libs. And they did. 

On the opener (25), Eddy, a 
mild-mannered moderator, was al- 
most overwhelmed by the bom- 
bastic explosive power of his 
panelists. He used a buzzer to 
silence the verbiage when it got 
out of bounds, but frequently 
found' himself so engrossed in the 
heated arguments he forgot to ap- 
ply it. • 

Show is basically sound be- 
cause long-range format holds 
strictly to highly controversial 
material with qualified locals in 
free-for-all repartee about topics 
on which they are autliorities. The 
absence of a national “name” is 
not a detriment if participants are 
ardent, eloquent and fortified with 
factual data as these men were. 

. Tom Weatherwax' slighted the 
end men, Travers and Rosenblatt, 
with camera angles limited to pro- 
files, and Lapham, Jr.’s name plate 
read “Latliam, Jr.,” but otherwise 
preem had tip-top verbal voltage 
that made 30 minutes seem like 10. 

Dwit 



Tetepix Reviews 


Cdtttluue^ lr«m i»ai:* 74' 


ly, as the gunman on the side of 
the law, and William Challee de- 
livers in role of the sheriff. Stroth- 
er Martin contributes a neat char- 
acterization as the town 'Smith. 

Richard Irving has directed with 
skill, and achieves cohesion, which 
sustains Interest all the way, Ells^ 
worth Fredericks' camera is : pene- 
trating. -Daku. 

MIRAGE 
(Fireslile Theatre) 

With Marjorie Lord, Bill Hcnir. 

•therr 

Producer-director: . Frank Wisbar 
Writer: Margaret B. Wilder 
30 Mins,; Tues„ 9 p.m. 

PROCTER S: GAMBLE , 

NBC-TV, from* Hollywood 
, (Compton) 

Scripted by' 'Margaret 'Buell 
Wilder from a Bret Hartc original, 
“Mirage”, is the mildly, diverting 
story of a femme miffed by hef 
husband’s • inattention, and : fits 
smoothly into ;tbe pattern esta^ 
lished -by Frank . Wisbar • fqt his 
“Fireside Theatre” senes for P&G. 
Unpretentious tale has a desert 
locale, and weaves about wife of a 
miner, rfnd' her attempt to escape 
from boredom. 

The. femme’s an ex-circus pe^ 
former, and when an escaj^d 
killer (a circus nian) makes ms 
way to the cabin in the. desert, . she 
helps him and plans to lam across 
the border with him, figuring her 
husband doesn’t love her anymore, 
•Then her spouse shoots a cOp who 
is. making passes at her, she’s 
aware of his love, and all ends 
well. It’s like making four the hard 
way. ■ 

Wishar’s direction Is superior at 
this sort of story, and he deftly 
makes the most of what is actually 
a featherweight vehicle. Ben 
Kline adds considerably on the 
technical side with his, sharp cam- 
era work. Other technical credits 
are tops. Daku. 

GRUEN PLAYHOUSE 
(Bird of Prey) 

With Patrick O’Neal,' Elisabeth 
Fraser, Bobby Hyatt, others 
Producer: Revue Productions 
Director: Norman Lloyd. 

Writer: Nelson Bond 
30 Mins^; Tues., 10 pjm. 

GRUEN WATCH CO. 

KTLA, Hollywood 

There’s decidedly limited appeal 
in this tale of Irish superstititions, 
aimed at tlie leprechaun' circuit. 
Fantasy strays off-limits in its 
search for something different, re- 
sult being a tedious half-hour with 
little to commend the telepicttire. 

Ne’er-do-well member of Irish 
family in Philly of 30 years ago 
warns kin when his nephew be- 
comes ill that a bird of prey, token 
of death, is hovering over the 
house. This is not calculated to 
get the uncle in good with the 
folks. Fantastic finale sees bird, 
whicli resembles an eagle more 
than a legend,, entering sick room, 
with uncle' grappling with it, and. 
both plunging through window. 
Kid’s sickness ends, the uncle’s 
dead, and the televiewer’s mysti- 
fied. 

Pafrick O’Neal, Elisabeth Fraser 
and Bobby Hyatt are okay in the 
leads. Direction by Norman Lloyd 
is slow-paced. Daku. 


SlINKIST PREMIERE PLAY- 
HOUSE 

(Like the Rich People) 

With Bob Sweeney, Barbara Whit- 
ing; Damian O’Flynn, Ruth War- 
rick, Tom Powers, Tommy Bond, 
George Slocum 
Producer: Gil Ralston 
Director: Arthur Ripley 
Writer: Frank Moss 
30 Mins.: Fri., 8 p.m. 

SIUNKIST 
KTLA, Holl3r»vood 

(Foote, Cone Si Bolding) 

Gil Ralston must be blueprint- 
ing a future in teaming for Bob 
Sweeney and Barbara Whiting. 
Their humor is .bubbly and the 


New Orleans — Joseph Beal has 
been named production manager 
for tVDSU-TV hefe. Formerly a 
programming consultant for the 
t station, Beal prior to that was' a 
. director for the School of Radio 
i Technique, in -N. Y* 


DIANA & MUSICAL ESCORTS 
With Diana Thomas, Nelson Press- 
ly, Pat Baxter, Bob Lorenoe, A1 
Goetz; Brooke Taylor, announcer 
Producers:' Herman Spero, Robert 
Burton 

Director:. Betty Cope 
15 Mins.; Fri., 6:45 p.m* 

ROGER JEWELRY STORES 
WEWS, Cleveland 

(Clifford It Thomas) 

Here’s 15 minutes of pleasant, 
easy-to-takc evening music featur- 
ing Diana Thomas and her harp. 
For musical escorts she has Nelson 
Pressly, 'clarinet; Pat Baxter, vlbra- 
harp; Bob liOrence, accordion, and 
A1 Goetz, bass. 'The quartet are 
all accomplished musicians and 
their four evening offerings arc an 
c.xample of the high quality music 


I that is evident in many of the com- 
'munities outside New York. Press- 
ly, who arranges the music for 
Miss Thomas, serves as the group’s 
tlein man. 

Audio-wise, the offerings leave 
nothing to be desired. Visuallv, the 
program presents the usual prob- 
lem of how to show four musicians 
without becoming boring. In an 
effort to realiije a change, pro- 
ducers Herman Spero and Robert 
Burton have resorted to lighting 
effects, using dimouts and silhou- 
ettes. The results, visually, 
achieve a break in the straight 
presentation, but the break is 
short-lived. 

Production ind direction are 
smooth and commercials by Brooke 
Taylor show the usual • Taylor 
. smoothness. Mar/c. 


contrasting talent* play off well 
against ^the other. 

.Sweeney, late of a . partnership 

with Hal March",, is a' rubbery- 
Diced miBoic with * a Skelton-like 
flair for physical ^comedy. The 
Whitlnfg twig..kid.‘.^i» -pf the chii*^ 
Ing Margaret/ is the teen-aged es^ 
sence of the : playful junior miss 
which she essayed on radio. She’s 
pert and pPuty. and a good little 
afctres$ to boot. , 

This fragment of fiction con- 
cocted by Frank ;Moss fits like a 
dove’s tail to, their flippant man- 
nex’isms. .. Story , pits a pair of 
youngsters from the other side of 
the tracks against a brace of swells 
the brink of estrangement. 
When their motorcycle ploughs 
into the house of her dreams, she 
is taken in to .be treated. Through 
her feigned injuries and the aid of 
ar sympathetic medico., she spends 
the night in , luxury unknown to 
her. Romantic fervqr of the young 
’Uns infects the Samaritans and the 
breach is healed.,, : 

It's diverting humor that the 
situations generate and the team- 
ing gives it bright display. Ruth 
Warrick and Damian O'Flynn lend 
forthright assirtance and the di- 
rection of Arthur Ripley levels off 
the sprightly tempo. Sunkist 
makes much. ado about pro topec- 
tines, but they’re still oranges. • 

Helm, 


THE UNEXPECTED 
(Witeh af iha Eight Islands) 

With John Kellogg, Paula Drew, 

other* ' 

Producer: tiv TV 

Director: Eddip-Davis 

Writeiis: Jerry Lawrence, Robert 

E; Lee ' 

30 Min*., Fri;, 8:30 
ACME BEER ; . 

KECA-TV, Hollywood 

“The .Witch ; of the Eight Isr 
lands,” based upon a Robert Louis 
Stevenson story, . bears too fan- 
tastic a plot to rate, as suitable 
telefilm fare. . More a literary sub- 
ject than one for projection on 
any screen, its tale of a magic bot- 
tle possessing the properties of an 
Aladdin's lamp In granting its 
owner whatever he may wish is 
the type of material which retards 
rather than advances television as 
an entertainment medium. 

A sailor buys the bottle from a 
wealthy man, to whom it has 
brought only unhappine.ss after 
great riches, and the curse which 
has accrued to It down through 
the^^centuries attaches to him after 
he, TOO, has come into wealth and 
a happy marriage. Plot then fol- 
lows his efforts to sell the bottle, 
after -evil has befallen him. Script 
discrepancies, however, hash the 
unfoldment of events so that the 
viewer little knows nor cares what 
is happening, 

John Kellogg offers a good 
enough performance as the sailor, 
and Paula Drew is his wife, but 
neither has much chance with the 
material handed them. Jerry Law- 
rence and Robert E. Lee appar- 
ently found the Stevenson' subject 
too much for them In their script, 
and Eddie Davis wasn’t able to sur- 
mount the writing in his direction. 
Technical departmehts are stand- 
ard. Whit. 


Ford FouhdatiojD Post 
Exited by James Young 

James Webb Young has resigned 
as 'consultant to the Ford Founda- 
tion on Mass Communications, ef- 
fective Aug. 1. Robert Saudek, for- 
mer ABC public affairs v.p. and 
now director., of' the foundation's 
Television-Radio "Workshop, will 
continue the workshop along the 
lines mapped out by the pioneer 
advertising exec. 

Young, when he joined the foun- 
dation early last year, did so only 
on the basis of his being a con- 
sultant since he was not able to de- 
vote full time to the project. At 
that time he’ said he could stay 
! only a year. His resignation, made 
because of his personal affairs, 
comes after has put in about lo 
months with the foundation. 

Greenhut’s MCA Shift 

In another reorganization at 
Music Corp. of America, *Jenn 
Greenhut has been named super- 
visor of all variety shows and vi 
head, the package departnieat. 

Sale of vaude talent to the var - 
ous variety shows has been sluiic 
to the act dept, and will be super- 
vised by veepce Larry Barnett. 




'VKIJRVISION UtiVlBWS 


SW>; 


StnUMSE SHOWCASE 

Jimmy McHuarh, Benny Ktf- 
Tbln, Bell iSisters, Btuce Perry 
tru^Unir ' 

Producer: Joe BIrelow 
30 Mins.; Mou.» Wed,, Fri., 1 
Sustaining * 

NBOTV, from Hollywood 
^'Summer Showcase" fits 


p.m. 


Into 


,„p.s peize l-^Wf 

EJwk ’h. ELBE* COW. 

55c-TV, from, 

• ' ■ {fjClOiS At- ^ ,.• " ^ 

wptl-TY 'Add* ' Vnothei- juve }»>« pattorn of NBC-TV’« Jo« Bige 
ip;rrib-iY ^ _ low experimentation with new tal- 

orlginatioU; the 11 t w Coast. It shapes up as, 

„py(l»c pri?^ to Join Its Paul an okay session which will be on 

*VWeeii. Club" and for about three weeks when the' 
inriutema ToUcast Paar-Walter O’Keefe show 

t-youth on takes over in this time slot, 

from Philly's Tovm Hau* Pud s format on this series will vary 
Party" is a junior of the show, depending on 

adult participation shows, a f<^^ the. guests. The initialer (30) was 
which po’^uiits the informally draped around song- 

loot and Jd^htionln^the sj^dsors ^^ter Jimmy McHugh who ;rem- 
product as frequently inisced about his hit tunes and in- 

J IS-minutc’ seg^ntJM times py troduced a couple of guests. Among 
Sctual count). The sprouts how- the latter, RCA Victor’s juve sing- 
ever, seem to go this as ]^uch team, the vBell Sisters, were 
as their older cduntermirt^ Show standout in their belting of "Ber- 
is patently aimed at kias,^w^aie »» their own composition, and 

as much entranced ;WRhttie penny McHugh’s standard, "On the Sun- 

Jroduct as vdth the prugr^m- the Street." 

Todd Russell > enm«es ^th an McHugh was also spotted in an 
“Oh Boy, are we - g®idg to nave amusing sketch about how he came 

fun" manner, as he startejhe quar- t^ write "I’m In the Mood For 
ter-hour scramble for dollar miJ^s j^ove" with Dorothy . Fields back in 
and gum. Pud, the d^uboie- the 19 ^ 0 ’s. Benny Rubin served as 

» «ood ““o-Jy “4 B™ce 

to the audience. There Is a search 
for dollar bills hidden^ beneath the 
seats, which proved singularly un- 
successful. Balloons^ are broken 
without employing the hands and 
there is a standard moppet game 
“Same Says," winner of which 

cops $5. , . 1 . j XI- 

For home viewers there is the 

answer to a charade (Sir Walter 
Raleigh) coupled with a letter 
“Why I Like Dubble-Bubble," for 
a iackpot of hrand-Huame products, 


GiaiDIN<J LIGiCr 1 ADlg STAB SUMMER BEVUE 

With Joitfc AIIIhohe Herb Helsoii, With Mr. Ballautlne, Have Gar 


Susan Ddualai, Lyle Sudraw* 
Charita Bauer 
Bradiieer: Dave ILeaau 
Director: Ted Corday 
Writer: Ima Bhilllps 
15 Mins.; Mon.-thru-FrI„ 2:30 p.m. 
PROCTER & GAMBLE 
CBS-TV, from N. Y, 

i Compton) 

One of the longest-run radio 
soap operas, "Guiding Light" has 


roway, G^rda ' Gibbs, Yogi 
Berra, Oliver WakeUbld, Paul 
Stefliu .Danean, ’Aeromaidaca, 
Dean Elliott Pfeh 
Producers-DIroetorsr Pete Barnuut, 
Joseph Sauiley • . 

Writers: Joe Sieiu. Will Gllekman 
Pariiolpatlng • 

Mini., Sat., t p.m. 

KBC-TV from New York 
The "AH Star Summer Revue, 
the hoVweather replacement for 


Perry wrapped up this bit with a 
strong vocal on "MoodL" Session 
-was easy-to-take throughout, 

Herm. 


MRS, AMERICA SHOW 
With beauty contestants; eufcees, 
Barbara Welles, Dan McCullough 
Director: Anthony Ellis 
30 Mins!,; Sun., 8:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WOR-TV, N. Y. 

„ , — r "Mrs. America Show,”' which 

estimated at a value of $250. Emcee preemed on WOR-TV Sunday night 
Todd, to spur oil' his on, his youth- ^29), was a badly produced, ragged 

affair that would hardly encourage 
viewers to make a point of tunjng 
in save for friends or relatives of 
, - the participants. Half-hour pro- 

mercial surrounded by packages of gram is produced by Mrs. America, 
gum. For the party atmosphere, in cooperation with Palisades^ 


jiyuv4> r 

ful correspondents; also gives a 
half-dozen reason for liking 
“dubble-bubble," and takes time 
out to do an unadulterated com 


die guests wear paper hats. 


. Amusement Park. It’s to be of 
Gctfffi, 1 eight weeks duration in which New 
York City's entry in the national 
"Mrs. America" 1953 i^als will be 
chosen. ' 

Initial show had four housewives 
on hand along with their respective 
husbands and children. WOR-TV 
staffer Barbara WeUes interviewed 
the galy while Dan McCullough 
quizzed thfe hubbies as to their 
etc. Miss Welles 


CONCERT IN THE PARK 
With Alfredo Antoniul Orch, Carol 
Reed 

Producer: Dan Gallagher 
Director: Ned Cramer 
39 Mins., Sat., 3:36' pjn. 

WCBS-TV, from N<bw York 

"Concert In The Park" has jjackgrounds, 

basic ingredients for the making tried hard to draw out individual 
of a pleasant summer afternoon preferences as to homemaking and 
series but on the basis of its preem hobbies from the contestants. Her 
stanza Saturday (M) it’s still got a approach was sound enough, but 


been duplicated for TV by Procter the NBC-TV "All Star Revue,” has 

3c Gamble as the first AM daytime that should haiH 

pity Inhabit this time slot and keep 
s r al to get the combined spread. porlod warm fur the fall and 

Show preemed on CBS-TV Mon- winter sea:^on. This mixture of 
day (30) with the same writer, Irna lesser-known and recognized talent 
Phillips, and the same- cast leads l^hen 

and looked as though it will service to the tele Industry- by 
achieve the same mid-high ratings proving that several newcomers can 
it’s obtained on radio.' Fact that the, carry the bigtime. ' 
video version is to follow the siune 'However,- the initial session rfe- 
.x., AB/r vealed several bugs. Program went 

basic story line as its AM sister, ppt of its way to Waste its oppor- 


however, indicates that it won’t 
pick iip many viewers from the 
radio side. 

Preem had no leaddn to indicate 
that it was a first, merely picking 


tunities by failing -to show many 
of its peirtormers up properly and 
with .a lack of suitable writing and 
production. 

For .example the things they did 
to Mr. Ballantine shouldn’t happen 


up the yarn as though viewers had iven to B S Pullv ThV 
seen a preceding stanza last Friday. maSciSti mov^d £s vahS ort 
imtialer had Joe Roberts separated wjjfa *'**, fall^ to 

his wife. Meta, who's having IKL ea Sin. 

nightmares over fear of.how their wlW tw« ^ 

daughter, Kathy, will fare in Joe’s 

hands. Kathy, in turn, is giving Joe jou-t There was*iSso* rantdnit 
trouble by wishing to move into 

her own apartment and substitute wouw nave been better 

college for a career. Sounded x>ave Garroway carried the bulk 


rather schmaltzy, but the ground- 
work has been laid for succeeding 
stanzas, which, after all, is and al- 
ways has been the format for these 
soapers. 


of the show. The dentist bit' that 
he did on his own- stanza was the 
highlight of his efforts. His em 
ceeing proved effective and he 
made a generally good impression. 


Jone. Allisph and Herb Nelson, His cracks about New York in the 
doubling from the radio version, summertime shouldn’t endear Him 


registered capably as Meta and Joe, 
while Siisan Douglas made for an 
attractive and personable Kathy. 
Lyle Sudrow and Charita Bauer 
play Meta’s brother and sister-in 
law, respectively. While it’s diffi- 


to that portion of the entertain 
ment industry that rely on a heavy 
tourist trade. It was his only de- 
parture from good taste on the 
show. 

Program also integrated Its com 


long way to go. The initialer was 
okay musically but all other de 
partments Impressed ’as if they 
were just feehng their way around 
Once viewing values are added and 
the f emcee chores of Carol Reed 


some of the hausfraus obviously 
were reticent and ill at case» 
Although it follows that neo- 
phytes would be camera-shy by na- 
ture, this could be overcame to 
some extent by some rehearsal in 
given a bit more life, series has a advance. Likewise, McCullough 
fair chance to catch on. ' could also profit by "Some pre-pro- 
Miss Reed, another Philly ref- gram briefing for his inability to re- 
® been picked up' by member names created an embar- 
WCBS-TV, hosted the m.usical rassing situation. Whatever con- 
stanza a la the Garroway- groove, tinuity the show had Was further 
t>ne was easygoing, charming and marred by the unceremonious in- 
casual but it was pUt on a little sertlon of animated Ballantine Beer 
too thick and only slowed up the spot announcements at two differ- 
pace of the program. A bit more ent points. 

spirit would help glue tpe viewer. ppr the record, viewers are re- 
Alfredo Antonini conducted a 28- quested to mail their votes in to 
piece orch against a park motif, in the station for' whom they consider 
his familiar lush styling. Each the best of the .femme quartet, 
number made for pleasant listen- Winner of each weekly show Will 


which shots to linger on oi? skip ticipants, Incidentallyr are selected 

; by an elimination contest at Pali- 
However, Antonini’s orch rendl- sades Park. Gilb. 

tlons compensated with schmaltzy 


culUo judge the production credits merclals with the comedy routines 
on the basis of a single installment, ©f Britisher Oliver Wakefield. He 
the two sets used on the mltUler, did an unfinished scht^ce routine 
plus camera work ancL other mount- which embeUiihed the acceptabil 
ings, reflected careful planning on ity of the Kellogg spiels, 
the part of producer Dave Lcsan There was only one major st- 
and director Ted Corday. tempt at a sketch, a baseball bit 

P3cG is sponsoring , "Guiding that didn’t come off for the simple 
Light" as a permanent replacement reason that it wasn’t essentially 
for "First lOO Years," which was funny. The Yankee eatcher, Yogi 
TV’s first soap opera. Compton Berra, was completely wasted— -but 
a|pncy handler this one for Crisco what else could be done with Berra 
nd Ivory, while Benton Jk Bowles in a situation of this kindT 

Variety talent included Georgia 
Gibbs, who did okay with her two 
numbers; the Kanazawas, who also 
registered with risley, and the Ac- 
romaniacs with a" fine line of fast 
moving gymnastics. 

The Paul Steffin Dancers showed 
themselves to, be' skilled’ dancers. 
The number obviously in the Jack 
Cole idibm was their best. Jose, 


and Ivory, while Benton Jk Bowles 
had "Years" for Tide. Stal, 



renditions of the' "Pop Pop Polka,” 
Summertime," "Falling In Love" 
and ‘Zigeuner" among others. 

Gros. 


HOFFMAN SPORTLIGHT 
With Harold- S«h«rwitz, guests 
Director; Jim Wells 
15 Mins.; Fri., 7:30 p.m. (CST) 
JOE THIELE, INC. 

KEYL-TV, San Antonio 
This is a studio-produced sports 
show which fills a need to sports 
fans in that it attempts to bring 
a full coverage through a sports 
authority, national and Texas 
sports plus film coverage of the 


SPORTS-SCOPE 
Jith Guy LeBow 
Producer: Albert Black 
Director: Frank Robert 
uaK^I? ’ Thurs., 11:15 p.m. 

SURVEY’S SEA FOOD HOUSE 
WARD, N. Y. 

^ “Sports-Scope" is tacked on to sports activities. 

Barry Gray’s 11 p.m. show on Du- Scherwitz, sports editor 

JJont s N. Y. flagship which should , local newspaper, sports au- 
2 ve It more viewers than it would J?ority and. columnist is featured, 
otherwise rate Guv T.eBow a He has an informal style and 
. routine rounder-upper of the speaks with authority and convlncf 
sports situation who for this com- iogly. He puts his various guests 
Parative brief outinc does too o^se and in the brief time al- 
much reading. A gal assistant is lotted seelns to relay a lot of to- 
Strictly a prop. formation to the viewers with ref- 

i--};®Bow went througli the base- to sports, 

oail scores, reviewed the Maxim- • Intro to the film clip is also done 
Bay fracas, touched on baseball novel manner There’s^ a 

peculiarities (Rube Waddell, etc.) Projector on the desk front which 
i.n-betweened with crustacean Scherwitz speaks and he invites 
cm chat plugging the sponsoring the viewers to sit back and enjoy 
restaurant. some of the home movies that he's 

Studio interview was with mid- shot during the past week on the 
meweight Rocky Castellan! in a dull local scene He gives out with 
ana a. session not helped by a the commentary. as the film unreels, 
rioseup of the -fighter’s clasped, Commercials are for Hoffman 
«agety fists. Covering the results Teleyision sets and are given 
Giant-Dodger game that “live" from the studio with dis- 
la^'tig (26), LeBow admitted a play of TV receivers and a living 
sooL” statistics except the J-oom. surrounding. 

he had to do was* pick Show is we ’-paced and camera 

off the air or — ' ’ ' -- - 

liour previously. 


ANN VERONICA 
With Margaret Lockwood, Enid 
Lindsey, Anne Rawsthome, 
Christine Silver, Henry Hewitt, 
Alexis France, Una Venning, Rob- 
ert Eddlson, William Mervyn, Vi 
Stevens, Robert Harris, Diana 
Calderwood, Graham Leaman, 
Cicely Paget-Bowman, Edwart 
Weatleigh, Sonia Moray, Anthca 
^ Holloway, Ann St. Barbe West, 
Claude Bonser, Kenneth Hendel, 
Malcolm Black, Kenneth Dight 
Producer: Campbell Logan 
120 Mins.; Sim., 8:35 p.m. 
Sustaining 

BBC-TV, from London 

The quality of their drama pro- 
ductions has been thp consistent 
strong point of British TV, Plan- 
ning, preparation and rehearsals 
are comparable in time, if not in 
expenditure, with a standard West 
End presentation, .and the finished 
product, with a potential audience 
of between 3,000,000 and 4,000,- 
000, is naturally greater than that 
reached by the average commer- 
cial show. 

Choice of productipn varies 
greatly, and with only a single 
channel, an attempt has to be made 
to satisfy varying tastes. The BBC 
however, does not shrink from the 
ambitious and tries its hand with 
Shakespeare, Shaw and Ibsen, as 
well as with the more modem and 
frequently less classical writers. Its 
latest drama production is an 
adaptation of H. G. Wells’ "Ann 
Veronica" by Ronald. Gow, and the 
play is distinguished because it 
marks the starring debut of Mar 
garet Lockwood in this medium. 

The story of the militant young 
suffragette who breaks away from 
parental domination and ^is pre 
pared to face ‘ hardship and strug- 
gle in pursuit of h^ ideals makes 
a great vehicle for Miss Lockwood 
who reveals a high thesping qual- 
ity coupled with genuine sincerity. 
Performance is noted also for its 
period integrity. 

The Wells novel is adapted to 
make good 'theatre' and the use of 
film sequences and back projec- 
tion provide a broader canvas than 
could be expected on the stage 
The acting standard is above av- 


SUMMER SCHOOL 

Direcior: Thoinsg FreebAim-Smiih 

Producer: f$iarlei Vanda • 

30 Mins.; Mon., Wed.,\Frj[*)' 3:30 p.m. 
CBS-TV, from Pblladelpbla 

Summer School" Is another at- 
tempt to inject some educational 
material Into commercial videocast- 
ing schedules. This effort, however, 
is not likely to enhance the future 
of educational programming. It is 
too obviously stamped with that 
self-conscious "this is education” 
approach and makes no forward 
step in the Imaginative utilization 
of the TV for straight informational 
purposes. This snow is aimed at 
the kids, but neither the title nor 
he format for this series is calcu- 
lated to hit the mark. 


air or TV at lea.'^t a 
Trau. 


shots are well done, 
quate for the show. 


Sets are ade- erage and Campbell Logap has di- 
'Andy. rected the piece adroitly. Myro. 


INFORMATION PLEASE 
With CllfUn FadlMUttx *mttH 
Franklin P, Adaini, JnluL Klerm; 
James 'MIebener* $ueit 
Prndueer: Dan ‘Onlenpaut 
Dlreeior: Bruce Anderson 
86 ,Mlns^; Sun., 9 ^p.m. 

GENERAL ELECTRIC 
Cli$‘‘TV» from New York 
iBBDkO) 

Dan Gdlenpkul’s "Inforination 
Please,” the 4addy of all qliiit 
shows, which for more than a dec- 
ade was a weekl:^ for the 

more literate radio listener, made 
its TV bow last Sunday (29) on 
CBS-TV as the X3-week summer 
replacement for Generil Electric’s 
Fred Waring show. ' Clifton . Fadl- 
man, doubling on the Initial stanza 
from his regular! "This .1$ Show 
Business" confertnclerlng, is back 
at his old emcee Stand (he’^ pre- 
siding over the first eight pro- 
grams), as are two of the oldtinie 
Info" vets— Franklin P. Adams 
and John Klerann Rounding out 
the panel of experts as the first of 
a weekly seriel of guests was 
James hHchener, author of "Tales 
of the South Pacific." 

As a TV entrant, "Info" makes 
.practlcally .no concessions to the 
newer slght-and-^ound" medium. 
Nor, for that matter, to the chang- 
ing tastes since its radio heyday. 
True, -it is literate gab as projected 
by a group of warm, animated In- 
tdlectuals who enjoy delving into 
their craniums. 

Their encyclopedic minds and 
the speed and deftness with which 
they can articulate' their wealth of 
knowledge is as startling to TV 
viewing mortals as it was 15 years 
ago 'ria the AM kilocycles. That 
Fadlman combines both a personal 
magnetism and unusual ability is, 
of course, no sui’prise to the TV 
audience. Kieran, with his com- 
plete ease, lack of self-conscious- 
ness and his ebullience (not to 
mention his - almost-fabled mem- 
ory) remains one'! of "Info’s" vital 
components. F^P.A. Is a distinct 
>ersonalit'y who- never projects 
limself— yet definitely belongs in 
:he charmed circle, - Michener, too, 
Itted into the cerebral pattern as 
though he were a longtime panelite 
on the show. 

"Info," on the other hand, makes 
no pretentiohs of being anything 
but a rtiowcase for picking the 
brains of some extraordinarily gift- 
ed people. There are no gimmicks, 
rto fow-cut femme jfatales, no prizes. 
It retains its Intellectual Integrity 
and as such should recapture its 
audience. But It Will be a limited 
segment of the TV viewers who 
will content themselves with this 
hon-gimm'icked form of entertain- 
ment offering little in the way of 
visual values. "Info" Is still an in- 
teresting and entertaining show 
and it would be unfortunate if this 
limited audience were not to be 
"considered Inrthe scheme of TV 
patterns. , , 

Thejre’s something of a Ripley, in 
sports announcer Red Barber 
showing up doing the GE commer- 
cials. Baseball or iceboxes, the 
Barber can do no wrong. Rose, 


CANDIDATE CLOSEUPS 
With Don Hollenbeck 
Producer-'writer: William R. Work- 
man 

30 Mins.; Fri., 10:30 p.m. 

Sustaining 

CBS-TV, from New Yoijk 
Series of four broadcasts, each 
profiling two candidates for the 
Presidential ' nomination, was 
launched Friday (27) by CBS-TV. 
initial mistake Is the setting of it’s a creditable job, as narrated 
this series in a classr<mm of the |^y Hollenbeck, a gabber' who 
Lower Menon School of Ardmore, on/i intpUicJArttiv 

Pa. (CBS’ PhHly affiliate WCAU- n^oduced bv WiL 

TV is picking up the show in coop- On 

eration with the school). All the Close- 

boredom and rigid inactivity of the Bubjects of Can^^ 

conventloiial classroom are rees- Jr ^ 

tablished on this show and the kids, ■,!!,+. Horn 

who are now,^on vacation, aren't Two J5-mmute docu- 

likely to come off the streets for I”®?! Yh J'rop 

this sort of thintf leading contenders for the GOP 

Secondlv the material is being nod. Heavy use of film clips was 

presented in straight lecture form ^ ptvfn^^some^ eo^od*^Sfmt^^ 

with some elementary visual aids, tSifinen* 

such as blackboards, slides fincf pBaracters^of the ^ 

other simple devices. This is ap- 

propriate to the classroom setting ^nd ' 

but contributes nothing to vitaliz- 

ing the atmosphere. The central through fhe niud ^d, garbed m 
deficiency in this show stems from cap and gown, speaking at Colum- 
the assumption that if it’s enter- bia U. Some of ^^^e old footage 
taining it doesn’t have to.be edu- "was used in excellent fasMon, -as 
cational, and if it’s educational it when a sequence on the ^nator 
doesn’t have to be entertaining, fishing was greened with Hollen- 
It doesn’t have to be tuned in making analogies to Tafts 

either. political angling. 

On the initial stanza. Dr. Armand eniphasis is on the person- 

N. Spitz presented' a brief insight alities. ’ Some - material from the 
into the nature of astronomy. He aspirants policy speeches w^^ im 
addressed a collection of children eluded, but mostly the program 
in the Ard,more school classroom concentrated on the human in- 
who were expected to understand ^rest, anecdotal aspects ^d only 
such terms as "infinity” and "gal- touched on the more significant 
axy." Spitz had a pleasant, though elements of the candidates. Visual 
somewhat professorial, manner aids Were ^cldng; charts.^, could 
that would have been , okay in a have been effective m showing the 
, lecture hall. Video, however, defi- sebreboard on delegates. On me 
fhitely requires something more. 'whole, though,, this was a strong 

Herm. entry. ‘ 






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Fort Monroe, Va., July 1. • 
The battle, between members of 
the FCC over the wisdom of the 
lift-freeze l!V. allocation plan en- 
fpred another round here last week 
-when Comr. Kosel Hyde told the 
Virginia Assn, of Broadcasters that 
handling of TV applications with- 
out the plan would involve insur- 
mountable problems and delay sta- 
tion constrUctio.A-’fo^ years. 

Without ia assignment plan, 
Hyde told the Association, the 
Commission Would Wind, up, with a 
proceeding that would ^be “admin- 
istratively unfeasible, economically 
wasteful and so demanding in time 
as to make the recent freeze appear 
as a brief interlude,^’ 

As in the case of a recent speech 
by Comr. George Sterling, Hyde 
did not mention the name of his 
fellow commissioner, Robert Jones,- 
who has been attacking the plan as 
Inequitable in its allocation of 
channels and unfair to the small 


citiest 

Hyde gave five reasons why an 
assignment plan was regarded as 
essential in handling TV applica- 
tions after the lifting of the freeze. 
First, he said, was the need for 
avoiding an “administrative mo- 
rass." Second was the importance 
of making the most efficient use of 
TV channel space. Third was the 
desire to protect the interests of 
the smaller communities through 
specific assignments for them. 
Fourth was to assure reservation of 
channels for noncommercial edu- 
cational Stations. Fifth’ was to pre- 
vent international ' complications. 

Maybe the plan isn’t perfect, said 
Hyde, and maybe some “rough 
spots” are to be expected in “any 
plan of this magnitude,’’ .However, 
he asserted, the majority of the 
Commission felt “it was more im- 
portant to have a good plan imme- 
diately . . . than a more perfect 
plan sometime in the indefinite 
future.” 

Without an assignment plan, 
Hyde told the broadcasters, one TV 


(Continued on page 37) 


Southwest Primps 
For C-Day on TV 


Dallas, July 1. 

The cable has arrived to the 
southwest with the first programs 
relayed down the line today (Tues.). 

WFAA-TV here and WBAP, Fort 
Worth and KPRC-TV. Houston, 
opened the day at 7 '«.m. Witli Dave 
Garraway and “Today.” KftLD-TV, 
here joined the cable for its first 
program at 8 a.m. 

WOAI-TV will sign on weekdays 
now at 12:45 p.m. and join the 
cable at 1 p.m., while KEYL-TV- 
will join the cable daily at 10;3() 
a m. with “Search for Tomorrow, 
in San Antonio. 

At present programs are being 
microwaved to WBAPtTV, WOAI- 
TV and KEYL-TV, with I^RC-TV 

(Continued on page' 38) 


‘Guess What’ as Summer 
Sub for Mogen-David 

“Gues.s What,” a riew panel quiz 
snow starring Dick Kollmar as 
nioderator, has been set by Mogen- 
^avid Wine as summer replace- 
ment for its “Charlie Wild, Pri- 
vate Detective” on the DuMont 

ro, ■ preems next Tuesday 

lo and w'ill hold down the Tues- 
day night 9 to 9:30 slot for eight 
y eeks, until “Wild” returns in the 


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says 

A. A, Schechter 

(NBC-TV Exteutfv* frotiuctr) 

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First Post-Freeze 
TV Outlet May Go 
To KFEl Denver 

Washington, July 1. 

• Likelihood that radio station 
KFEL in Denver may get the first 
TV permit imder the new alloca- 
tion plan and be the first new TV 
outlet on the air in the post lift- 
freeze period appeared today as 
applications .filed with the FCC 
showed, no contestants for Gene 
O’FaUon’s V. bid for channel 2 in 
Colorado’s capital city. 

All other commercial VHF chan- 
nels assigned to Denver are being 
contested. Metropolitan Television 
Co., who recently bought NBC’s o 
and o station KOA, It is under- 
stood, will battle KMYR for chan- 
nel 4. Alf Landon, former Kansas 
governor, is also expected to file 
for this channel. 

Two applicants have already filed 
for channel 9. They are Empire 
Coil Co., which. owns WXEL' (TV) 
in Cleveland, and radio station 
KVOD in Denver. 

Station- KLZ, affiliate of CBS, is 
expected to have competition on its 
bid for channel 9 ’from Denver 
Television Co., ' a new company 
composed of local business men. 

There may be other applicants 
for channel 7 and 9. 

As’ far as can be learned here, 
there will be no applications in the 
immediate future for the two UHF 
commercial channels assigned to 
Denver. Desire for network affilia- 

(Continued on page 35) 


Authors League, RTDG 
Win NBC-TV Contract 
For Writers, Directors 

In joint negotiations, the Authors 
League of America and Radio-Tele- 
vision Directors Guild have won a 
new contract for staff ' writers and 
directors lit NBC-TV news and spe- 
cial events in N. Y. Pact went into 
effect yesterday (Tues.) and runs 
through March 31, 1953, and re- 
places the first contract which ex- 
pired Monday (30). 

In the new pact directors are 
upped from a minimum of $^145 
weekly to $175 and writers are 
boosted from $145 to $165 imme- 
diately and 1 i $175 on next July 1. 
Both unions have a “guild shop,” 
requiring staffers to be members 
of the unions. 

The writers and directors will 
both get commercial fees. These 
will, at present, be subject to indi- 
vidual negotiation, since the over- 
all freelance and other scales are 
not fully set. The wrKers, but not 
the directors, got a shift differen- 
tial, with extra coin for late-night 
and early-morning work. Talks 
were handled by Evelyn Burkee for 
the ALA and by Newman H. Bur- 
nett for RTDG. Talks were held 
jointly by ALA and RTDG since 
the staffers work is so 'closely inte- 
grated. 


FCC fears that ’the networks are 
monopolizing production of tele- 
vision programs, at the expense of 
the independent packagers and ad- 
v’ertising agencies, are countered 
by a study made for the National 
Assn, of Radio & Television Broad- 
casters. However, some indie pack- 
agers maintain that the webs are 
wresting control from them and 
the agencies. 

Survey, made by Ross Reports 
for the NARTB, shows that NBC- 
TV and CBS-TV control less than 
half of their commercial shows and 
only slightly more than 50% of 
their total programming. ABC-TV 
and DuMont, according to the Ross 
data, produce only a “minor per- 
centage” of the programs they 
beam. 

Chief reason for the swing away 
from network-built packages, which 
had been growing and causing con- 
cern both to agencies and indie 
producers, ijs the trend towards 
greater use -of vidpix. Since the 
films-for-sale are being turned out 
for the most part by indieS^ and 
agencies, and only to a minor de- 
gree by the skeins, the scales are 
tipping in the direction of non- 
network program control. 

Some packagers say that.the sta- 
tistics don’t adequately reflect the 
trend, since they lump together 
inexpensive and big-budgeted air- 
ers, programs in cream and class 
C time. If shows which are the big 
guns are considered, the . network 
dominance would be revealed 
more sharply, it’s argued, and these 
are the programs which enable net- 
(Continued'on page 3T) 


‘Process Time’ 
Finds 400 Filing 
For TV Stations 

Washington, July 1. 

"With applications pouring in at 
the- last minute as the FCC pre- 
pared to begin processing under its 
TV lift-freeee procedure, more than 
400 applicants had filed for new sta- 
tions as Commission offices closed j 
last night. Count was still far short 
of the 1,000 applicants the agency 
had expected by today, but many 
more are likely to be brought in 
before the week ends. 

Although processing officially be- 
gins today, it is considered doubt- 
ful that any applications will be 
ready for consideration -of permits 
until the Commission holds its reg- 
ular meeting next Realizing 

this, radio lawyers aipe^ot worried 
about being too late on applications 
getting first priority' treatment — 
those from areas without TV serv- 
ice. 

Until the Commission has handed 
■out a permit for a particular chan- 
nel ■ assignment, agency officials 
pointed out, applicants may still 
file for that channel. 

An analysis of 379 applications 
received since the freeze was lifted- 
April 14 showed that 191 are from 
new applicants and remainder from 
among some 500 long-standing ap- 
plicants who are required to amend 
in conformity with new allocation 
plan. 

Applications for new stations in- 
cluded 14 for cities in State of New 
York, two in New Jersey and seven 
in Connecticut. 


ABC-TV Personnel Revamp 

Organizational revamp is being 
effected at ABC-TV program de- 
partment, Harold Morgan veepee in 
charge of the program department, 
will head up the production- end 
and Charles Underhill, national 
program director, will he heading 
up the programming phase. 

Previously Underhill had been 
handling development of new pro- 
grams. 


‘Gamble for SurvivaV 
in Radio-TV 

cU«d by 

G. W, (Johnny) Johnstone 
* * * 

«M iNtarattlag oiUtarlal ftatart In 
Hit f«tM-«lMt 

7 th Annual Radio^Television 

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Review & Preview Number 

< 

Camel Renewals 

Pour $10,000,000 
hto NBC Coffers 

> A single bankroller. Camel cig- 
arets, handed NBC a renewal pack- 
age . this week totaling more than 
$10,000,000. That’s the estimated 
annual billings on the two radio 
.arid two TV shows which Camel 
’currently sponsors on NBC and on 
each of which it picked up its op- 
tion for an additional year.. 

Shows are “Grand Ole Opry” and 
Vaughn Monroe, both aired Satur- 
day njghts on radio; the “Camel 
•News 'Caravan,” a quarter-hour 
cross-the-board show on TV, and 
“Your Show of Shows,” Saturday 
night video production in which 
the ciggie firm bankrolls the first 
half-hour. Camel, of course, also 
has several other shows • on CBS 
radio and TV. Esty agency handles 
the entite account.’ 

“News Caravan” represents prob- 
ably the most expensive single- 
show outlay by a TV client. In ad- 
dition to the five quarter-hour seg- 
ments, Camel buys the package 
from the networks. 


Benton’s ^oke* Probe 
Gets Senate Group Okay; 
50G Budget Proposed 

V Washington, July 1, 
Senate Foreign Relations Com- 
mittee has approved the Benton 
resolution to probe . “Voice of 
America” and other government in- 
ternational information media, and 
has recommended a $50,000 budget 
for the investigation. 

Senator William -Benton (D., 
Conn.), father of“ the resolution, 
was foimerly Assistant Secretary 
of State in charge of the foreign 
information* program. He believes 
State Department has failed to get 
the best out of “Voice”; Benton 
wants all the international infor- 
mational media combined into one 
independent agency. Benton is- 
sued a statement in which he rec- 
ommended a $300,000,000 annual 
budget for such an agency. 

Smilin’ Ed to Beam On 
Radio for Brown Shoe 

Brown Shoe Co,, which has spon- 
sored Smilin’ Ed McConnell on 
CBS-TV for a number of months, 
branched out into radio this* week 
by pacting to bankroll an AM ver- 
sion .of the show on the CBS Radio 
web starting in August. 

Show will move into the Satur- 
day morning 10:30 to 1'' slot, re- 
placing “Quiz Kids,” now on a sus- 
taining basis there. Radio edition, 
which is to be a completely separ- 
rate production from the TV ver- 
sion, will precede the TV stanza 
by only an hour, since Brown re- 
newed only last week on the Sat- 
urday morning 11:30 to noon per- 
iod for TV. 


i4- ABC-TV has dispatched letters 
to all stations In one- and two-sta- 
tion markets hitting the “artificial 
and temporary* monopoly” that re- 
sulted from the TV freeze and 
asking the outlets to clear more 
time for ABC programs. Majority 
of • stations have replied, with a 
variety of reactions ranging from 
friendly sympathy to caustic com- 
ment, while most hedged on the 
question on giving ABC-TV more 
clearances. 

The network asked stations to 
let It know vdiat time It could 
get from the outlets. In most ques- 
tions, stations answered that it all 
depended on the specific programs 
offered. 

The ABC letter, which was 
signed by , TV veepee Ernest Lee 
Jahneke, said that the problem of 
one- and two-station markets would 
be around for another 24 to 3® 
months, despite the FCC’s thawing 
of the freeze. It said that this con- 
dition “created special responsibili- 
ties for you along with the diffi- 
culties we have suffered.'* The sta- 
tions’ “over-abundance” and ABC’# 
“scarcity” were neither desirable, 
Jahneke 's letter read. The failure 
of ABC-TV to get more station 
Clearances than it has obtained, it 
continued, places a “limit on 
•ABC’s ability to compete.” o 
The letter went on that ABC 
“recognizes your desire not -to re- 
strain competition by freezing out 
a network competitor” and asked 
the stations what “amount of 'time 
in desirable time segments” the 
web might expect to get in the 
fall. 

Letter was identical to all sta- 
tions, with a minor change in '‘the 
case of stations which are in the 
basic network of another skein. 
Each letter listed the specific ABC- 
TV shows which the outlet is tak- 
(Continued on page 37) 

CBS-TV Fingers In 
6 O&O Outlets? 

‘CBS-TV, in announcing its inten- 
tion of filing for TV station in St. 
Louis, will have a finger in six 
o.&o. operations if It’s granted the 
construction permit, despite the 
FCC’s limit of not more than five 
stations to a single customer. Rea- 
son Is that the web will have mi- 
nority interests in two stations 
which, under the FCC interpreta- 
tions to date, can be combined for 
a single ownership status. 

Currently, CBS-TV owns out- 
right WCBS-TV. N. Y., and KNXT, 
Los Angeles. It has a 47% inter- 
est in WTOP-TV, Washington, and 
has on file with the FCC an appli- 
cation to acquire a similar minori- 
ty interest in WTCN-TV, Minneap- 
olis. And, if the FCC finally okays 
the ABC-United Paramount Thea- 
tres merger, CBS hopes to buy 
UPT’s WBKB, Chicago, which the 

(Continued on page 38) 

Strike Snags Ballantine 
Deal on CBS-TV ‘Songs’ 

Ballantlne’s, in pulling out of ks 
projected sponsorship of CBS-TV’s 
“Songs for Sale” at the last minute 
last week, did so because of a sud- 
den strike at its Newark plant and 
not because the web could not 
clear a sufficient number of sta- 
tions as previously reported, CBS 
execs said this week, 

Web said the Ballantine’s adver- 
tising chief was on his way to the 
J. Walter Thompson agency to 
place the order with CBS, when 
he was notified that the plant had 
been struck. As a result, the brew- 
ery was forced to change its mind. 
Web had cleared time on 28 stations, 
two more than the bankroller or- 
dered. Ballantine's had planned to 
buy 45 minutes of the show, now 
aired Saturday nights from 8 to 9, 
on a special nine-week summer 
deal. As a result, if the strike is 
settled soon, the deal may still go 
through. 



dedicated the world’ 

most complot> 

radio and television statiotf 











On its 30th anniversaiy of broadcasting, WCAU opened the 
doors of its great new radio and television center with the finest 

facilities in the world. Here is the ultimate in electronic achieve- 

\ 

ment, which will result in great advancements in the programming 
of news, entertainment, education, and service to the community. 

There's everything at hand to increase our ability to produce 

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the best local programs in Philadelphia and to further our reputation ' 
for creating shows for the CBS network; 


We could not dedicate such a building without considering the 
responsibility it presents. Ours is a powerful voice . . . and ours is 
the preciousy\merican heritage of free speech. Both must be carefully 
safeguarded. Therefore, this great building is dedicated to the- 
people in this area that we serve, with the pledge that WCAU and 
WCAU-TV will always be "Speaking for Freedom.” 


SHAKING FOR FREEDOM 



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WFAA SOTH ANNIVERSARY 
With Miirtin Ctmiibeir, Adam* 
Colhourt, Viw Eindhc, »»!« 
Yvans> Eddifj Dunttf Jlmwlc 
Jefferies, Fred 1/Owery; others 

Produccrs-directors: Karl Lam- 
berta:, Ralph Widman 
Writer: Claudine Shannon 
60 Mins.; S,un. (39)/'jf:30 yfJXi. 
Sustainini; 

WFAA, Dallas 

Special ..hpur-loni, 30tli., -annl 
airing “WFAA Yesjterday- ^and. 
Today," added up to slick produc^ 
tion, tinged with nostalgia, as past 
and present staff artists of 
las Morning News' 50,000-watt AM 
clear channel outlet recounted 
three decades of air service to the 
southwest. Impact and progre^ of 
radio and WFAA’s growth since Its 
debut June 26, 192| in a 9x9 fwt 
shack atop the old News' building, 
were unfolded by a procession of 
announcers — ^headed by the alrers 
first spieler, Adams Colhoun, now 
■ retired. Power hikes and booming 
biz moved WFAA to larger Baker 
Hotel studios, before its June, 41, 
move to present penthouse studl(^, 
which were the world's first AM 
polycylindrical studios for acoi^- 
tics. Station has been an NBC af- 
filiate since 1927. 

Announcers Norvell Slater, Joe 
Pierce, Elmer Baugham, 
tine. Buggies Palmer and Bill Wol- 
fert alternated at Introiiig offerings 
of yesterday's stars, pianists Vin 
Lindhe, Bera Meade Grimes; vocal- 
ists Dale Evans, Peg Mordand, 
Cass County Boys, Bel Canto Quar- 
tet; whistler Fred Lowery, and con- 
gratulatory messyfes from former 
staff announcers Eddie Dunn, Jim- 
my Me^in and ex-emcee Jimmie 
Jefferies, originator .of WFAA’s 23- 
year-old Early Birds, live daily 
breakfast show. Station manager 
Alex Keese and program director 
Karl Lambertz, both ex-staff orch 
leaders, at WFAA, added an eye- 
moisterlng violin duet of “Anniver- 
sary Waltz." 

Current staff artists filled last 
half of the anni airer, with vocals 
by Claire Stewart, Johnny Nolton 
and Mary Lou Singleton; instru- 
mentals by pianist Joe Reichman, 
new staff deejay, and Billy Mayo’s 
Quintet; fillips from comic Ben Mc- 
Cleskey and cautsic d. j. Reuben 
Bradford. 

Martin Campbell, WFAA’s man- 
ager for 20 years and now director 
of radio-TV properties of the News 
introed the paper’s prexy, E. M 
(Ted) Dealey, who paid tribute to 
WFAA’s listening audience for ful- 
filling the prediction of his late 
publisher-father, George B. Dealey, 
wo, in a 1922 radio address, said: 
“If we obtain the good will oJ^our 
listeners, we are content. This sta- 
• tion belongs^ to the people of the 
southwest." 

Closer was “Auld Lang Syne" 
chorus by all current staffers. 
Producers Lambertz and Wldman 
rate kudos for a top presentation. 
Both burned midnight oil collect- 
ing and. assembling the . many 
waxed messages from now famous 
ex-staffers in N. Y. and on the 
Coast. Slick editing jelled this 
anni program into a memorable | 
hour saluting radio, past andT 
present. Bark. 


WELCOME, NEIGHBOR 

With Leon Payne, Jack Gwynn, Im- 
perials 

15 Mins., Mon.-Wed.-Fri., 1J.:45 a.m. 

(CST) 

IMPERIAL SUGAR 
WOAI-TQN, San Antonio 

Three times weekly over the sta- 
tions comprising the Texas Quality 
Network comes this series featur- 
ing Leon PJiyne, nationally known 
blind singer in a program of songs 
of the west, his own compositions 
and a hymn. It’s a well balanced 
airing and gives Payne an oppor- 
tunity to display his many talents. 

He has a mellow voice, easy on 
the ears and sings the songs that 
best suit his voice. His background 
provided by the Imperials, a mu- 
sical group of six musicians, is also 
easy on the ears. 

It’s a pleasing program which 
should find a soft spot in the hearts 
of the housewives who may be pre- 
paring the noonday meal. *Soft., 
pleasing music and the type of 
songs that Texans like best. 

Payne was heard in three songs, 
the best of which on this airing 
was “I’ll Hold You in My Heart." 
He was joined by members of the 
band in a pleasing rendition of the 
hjnnn “Farther Along." The band 
was spotlighted in “Avalon.” 

► Jack Gwynn turns in a fine job 
as m.c. and commercial announcer. 
Commercials might be shortened 
just a trifle as the two heard were 
slightly overlong. These were in 
addition to the musical jingle 
which opens and closes the airings. 
Commercials concern the product, 
pure cane sugar which is a Texas 
product refined at Sugarland, Tex., 
and the savings to the housewife 
in her food budget if used properly. 

' Andy. 


MR, BOSTON 

With Jamc* M. Curley; Georg* 

Curley 

30 MiMs,; Sun.-thru-Fri„ 5:30 p.m. 

Sustaining 

WBMS,. Boston , . . , t 4 . 

IN NEW YORK CITY 

mentary series by Massachusetts . Yorklisteners to stomach Ted Cott, WNBOWNBT ntenager, and Dick Rubin, Music Corp. of 


EDlip: DUNN JSIHOW 

Writer-producer:. Dunn 
Dlrectof: Bob Greinej * 

00 Mins.; Mon,-thru-Frl.^ 2 p.m. 
Sustaining 




WJE, N. y. J., .u 

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exrGovorrxor James. .M, CiirleyvJias in the hfternboh,- ABC flagship America AM-TV agent, sail on the S.S, United States for Europe to- 
be^'^^tehed^it^'k -diily^'cxbept WJZ set the -"Eddiei/ Dunn Show niqrrow (Thurs.).,.,Jrean Hetsbplt, star of ‘‘Dr. Christian," will be 
dotnrdflv halfnhour- taping, with -for th^-;£irst’90. minutes in of speaker at Denmark's dOth annual celebration of America’s Inde- 

pendence Day at Aalborg. , . .Jack Kimey cited by the U. S. Army and 
WmSam^this type^^ ' Air .'Force fo? his work as director, of “Proudly We Hail" transcribed 

or a i^rogram 0 yp^ ^w favef is ^ Perry series . beamed on some 2,000 outlets .... CBS sports counselor Red 

Curley, also four times^mayor^ot ^ such^pMter faves^ as Ferry gigged to lecture at N. Town Hall in December, as one of 


S-atiricalVowesrind ^“on Monday’s ’'(3m“preein Dunn |"toptotefon Ms winterttae ..Kol«rt Crier , 

program recaps one of his'^more tossed off pleasantries about how Kenyon & Eckhardt set . . . . Adnenne 

famed speech^ via the persuasive his stanza was named, the fact that Rayan, Jimmy Monks, Mildred Clinton and KoraceRraham have been 

voice that swayed local voters for this is “National Petunia Week^^ cast for “Front Page Farrell John Thomas has joined “Stella 

so many years. In addition to the ^ variety of quips— some good. Dallas" Eldon Hazard, CBS Radio network sales manager, to De- 
brief speech, Curley usually m- mediocre. But he kept the troit last week to spiel on web’s “More Thau Meets the Eye" promotion 

eludes one or more anecdotes con- chatter in restraint and- put the 

nf mMct Samuels, formerly handling retail sales at WOR, has been 

^nfs^olid ^insfght added to WJZ in the same capacity, vice Joseph Wei«*nherg, who shifts 

“y pMitlcal intri^e Ind Mnlr- concLed. to ABC radio^pot sales . . . 2 :athmary, co^^^^^^ for. 

workings figures to hypo the listen- pipes him in from 3;30 to 4. merly did work for .^socia^d and Lang-Worth transcription libraries, 

ership of the show once the na- Tinney also in the hucqlic named to head Up Charles ‘Michelson s music scoring division Judy 

tional conventions get under .way holds down the 4 to 4:30 seg- Ann, daughter of ABC-owned station’s veepee Ted Oberf elder, who 

and undoubtedly will influence Gilb. often appeared on “Quiz Kids," proved herself a real-life quiz kid. 


many local voters at the November 
elections. 


graduating last week from high school with honors Broadcast Ad- 

vertising Bureau prez William B. Ryan addressed the Virginia Assn. 

of Broadcasters Thursday (26) Claire Himmel, research director for 

WNEW, and Jacques Rene Horn, Of Associated Metals, charting August 

nuptials Maestro Hank Sylvem writing score for a musical comedy, 

“Hearts and Flowers," scripted by Malvln Wald. . . .Dennis James pinch- 
hits as emcee of ABC’s “Stop the Music" Sunday ( 6 )^ while Bert Parks 


Musical portion, via platters, is JAZZ NOCTURNE 
introed by George Curley, whose With Jean Tighe, Mac Pern 
veice and style closely resemble Singers, Sylvan Levin Orch 
his father's" and consist of sham- Producer: Jack Irish 
rock-tinged melodies, aimed at the 30 Min 8 .;^Mon., 8 p.itt. 

hSiy Cuplev'** **"Jam'*NoMura^”*first of the takes a summer vacation. .. .D«yid K««iii.n and Fr«nol» de S»le« added 

hearts belong to Curley. Ehe. Jara Nocturne firs^^M ^tne Trent" . . . ; Pat Hosier has Joined "Our Gal Sun- 

been blocked in on Mutual’s pro- day”, ; . .Announcer Bill La*ar back from a trip to Bistnark, N. D., and 

STRAWHAT CONCERTS gramming sked to replace the va- Milwaukee Tedd Lawrence this week launched cross-the-board 

With Alfredo Antonin! orch; War- cationing M-G-M produced shows, stanza, “Luncheon at. Guy Lombardo's," orighiating from the band 

• ren Sweeney, announcer preemed Monday (30) with a pleas- leader’s East- Point House eatery on Long Island, over WGBB, Free- 

Producer-dhrector; Oliver Daniel ing half-hour stanza of mood port; N. Y. 

30 Mins.; Tues., 10 p.m. ' rhyttims. Stanza was tastefully ,^4 Pegeen Fiiagerald, WJZ and WJZ-TV gabbers, sail on the 

CBsf frSm N. T. ?a?eTespu” soTe'’-*obs?ure pftto Stort* 

fu« Z CBS^RaX^^4t?^iXat Co^^ h^rs^ ^ ^ ^ jockey of WHAM and WHAH-TV, off on an. eight-week cruise into 

certs” rriSd to’th! Mr TueJdv wWbler Jean Tlghe was a bit Canadiau wsters on his yacht "Tec-Vee". . B^ Grjy^ 

night (24) with Aifredo Antoninl pretentious in her gabbing chores will suspend from July 7 to Aug. 20 whU* the gabb^ takes his summer 

leading his staff orch through a but hit nicely in her piping as- vacation in Europe Hewitt, Ogilvy, Benson 8t Mather has elected 

nicely-paced repertoire of tunes. Signments. Miss Tighe has a good Anderson F. Hewitt board chairman and chief exec officer, with David 
Once a listener tuned in, it made blues quality and belted out sudh Ogilvy, former jsenior v.p., moving up into Hewitt's previous post as 
for okay listening but the show tunes as “St. Louis Blues,” “What prez. ,, .Toni Gilbert's segment on WJZ’s “Spotlight New York" this 

certainly doesn’t present any in- Is This Thing Called Love" and 'week expands to twice weekly, Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 p.m 

ducement to swing* the dial over to “More Than You Know” with Robert Thompkins, eX-J. Walter Thompson AM-TV pubUcity depart- 

CBS’ way. At best, it’s an okay PrpP*r feeling. Her workover of rnent, has switched to Benton & Bowles flackery Cocktail party will 

filler for the dog-days. Great Day was packed with today (Wed.) at the Savoy Plaza for. Jane Todd of San Fran- 

Show presents somewhat of a jjst. blieii win lots ot tans via cisco,, winner of the annual “Wendy Warren and the News" femme 

wS7bl"obtafned\r“more™lsUy Mac Perrin Singers delivered a ■ Ch»le» Stark WINS disk Jock, and wRe Diane (of 

lnd“at less exnense via a S cute workover of "Play a Simple fon? CMcks and a Chuck vocal group), oft to Cape Cod for two-week 

iockev program^ No attempt was' Melody” and were okay in a choral i j, a. x 4 . 1 . nir j. ' vt. it/r 

made^on the new season’s pr^m chore at the opening and closing Walter Lewis will do a special broadcast from the Metropolitan Mu- 

last week to give it?anv personalltv. cf the stanza. Topflight orch back- seum of Art exhibit at Hofstra College over WHLI tomorrow (Thurs.) 

Announcer Warren Sweeney in-^ of Sylvan Levin’s orch sparked at 2:4^ p.m Rosemarie Boyd, of ABC personnel dept., has left the 

troed each number In accepted the session and heightened its lis- web; she’s expecting her first child Willy Ley, the rocket expert, 

style and the orch played it. There' tening appeal. Orch was standout launches a weekly science show on ABC this Saturday (5) at 4:15 p.m. 
weren’t even any vocalists involved, to an excellently arranged ^‘Dark- Bill Bems will produce. 

Ostensible answer is that the mu- town Strutter’s Ball.” 
sicians, being on staff, get paid 
anyhow so the web might as well -nirvTc 

take advantage pjf their weekly 

checks by putting them to work. Mom-Frl' 11 p.m 

Show replaces the web’s usual particinatinr 
Tuesday night dance band remote WVNJ, Newark 


Gros. 


us HOLLYWOOD . . . 

Ted Bliss, veteran radio director and late with Young & Rubicam, 
was elected prez of Hollywood local of Radio and Television Directors 
Guild. Named to the national hoard were Ivan Green, Max Hutto, 

, - t X.- -x. XI , 1 X 1 - XU ” —I . Gordon Hughes, Dick Mack and Bliss Vote of annual award to Paul 

in this slot, so it ties in 'with the cafe disk jockey show is tne Price, radio-TV ed of tabloid Daily News, by membership of Radio and 

program schedule. As such, it subject of various shifts. No sooner TV News Club, whipped up a small tempest when Dave Anderson, prexy, 

vacated than another made some such remark as “over my dead body he getfe it." He didn’t 
ably won t picK up any eiinei._ restaurant installs a turntable op- like some of the things written about the club by Price so at last week’s 

erator. With late business at a awards dinner he must’ve played dead. . . .Bud Edwards, former ABC 

program chief here, set up an agency on the strength of landing the 
d^eeiav^^^ retrogression with the million-dollar Maler brewery account. He took with him ABC’ei*s 

NG-we*;! entrv in thi<? field is Yandiveer, Rollo Hunter, Jack O'Mara and Ernest Felix. Last 

Paul Denis former tradepaper week they lost the account Harry Malzlish. caught the other stations 

editor, radio and gossip columnist happing and sewed up for KFWB the exclusive broadcast, telecast 
who has a long and varied . back- endorsements for Florence Cliadwlck's swim of the Catalina chan- 

•n. xy. XI- t- X ground in show biz chronicling, nel July 3. He stands to make a nice bundle on it John Gucdcl rea- 

^ngram moves off the beat^ He’s also authored several tomes, soned he should b* closer to CBS Television City^because of his sev- 

path by presenting a news round- ope dealing with the gastronomic eral shows on the net’s radio and TV skein so he’s putting up his own 

wp^p -tasto of cclebs. Thus in his present building within shouting distance. Art Linklettef and Irv Atkins are 

’SecTS to use a major partners in the project. .. .NBC’s Fred Wile and NBC’s Bea Cantcr- 

Snorters as background. bury will be stitched in N.Y. July 17 . , .KFWB will cover the Olympic 

reporters . ^s Dems, from one of the Games by having each day’s taping flown here. 


Stal. 


HEADLINES AND BYLINES 
With Howard Maschmeicr, Con 
Heffernan, others 
IS Mins.; Mon.-thru-Fri., 6 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WPTR, Albany 


director . of 
events, talks with 

they write stories for the neit| oia'eif-'l^Uwrnfi “in “thT TimTs 

morning’s editions. * ^ .. — 

or 


orning’s editions. A spontaneous'. Blue Ribl^rL 

igination, it authentlcaUy re- SS?Sf«!l^Jt he’ll turn thfl'^tlme IN SAN FRANCISCO . . . 

fleets some of thp excitement and sector into a studious discussion 

drama of the city room. Occa- sUnza. Ifli his opSog remarks he Yernon Esgar, FCC co-ordinating engineer, briefed Chamber oJ^ Com- 
sionally listeners eavesdrop on an d^elt on -'4he venerability of this merce Electrical Industrial Section on “conelrad," the controlled electro- 
mportant story in the njaking. restaurant, segueing into some of i^^gnetlc radiation air alert system Convention-l)o.und Bob Letts 
Show has a certain unevenness, its former diners, foremost among covered locally on KNBC by Joe Gillespie on vocals and Dick Leonard 

whom was Victor Herbert. From on typewriter Jay Thompson, former teen-age emcee, on leave from 

na£?alne^ss^ a^nd L 'noiritv^wMch this start, he shifted to the Ameri- Armed Forces Radio Services at Panama, taping shows at KNBC and 
m:mrs?udio D^ckuDs S can S^iety of Composers, AuthoW’ swifting them back to the Canal Zone ... .'Vacationing brass; Lloyd 

O Williams managing editor of Herbert Yoder to Denver, Arthur Hull Hayes to* the Mother Lode.... Dave 

the Hearst daily, is^understood to otto A ^nSbach^^Siciety’s^n^rexy^ replace vacationing Red 

have suggested the format. sooL on the collectio^^^^ Blanchard, the glad-lib deejay on KCBS .... Carroll Hansen and D^mk 

Maschmeier usually starts with composer-performer Mel'^ Tortne eye-witness the Olympic finals for their 

Cliff Carroll, who recounts P. 1 chimed int^ sports shows .... George Thomas Folster, NBC Tokyo correspondent, 

positions. He follows with City Denis handles a guest well get- ® JL” a 50-foot yacht, reported (via Coast. Guard) that all was 

Editor* Con Heffernan, outlining ting a good bit of information out Si ^iu-Pacific . . . . More KCBSing: Producer Pede Worth named 
the assignments on which various of an interview. He's still a green peflice commissioner; Emy Gates out with ap appendectomj^ 

men and women are working. Hef- hand at this program, but he’s Fairbanks upped to promotion writer Sassiety item: KNBC 

fernan, incidentally, displays an likely to get along in the medium. Engineer Phil Ryder’ to wed Ruth Berglund July 26. 
excellent radio voice. Maschmeier Jose. 

then walks around, chatting with flV' CVtXC Jr'tl 

rcDorters at their tvoewriters He • • • 

fhf qSaiy of gA"“er ®*ld'crooer“b2cTf a” “Ss 

?rLram choicelv snotted ori 30 Mins. the po itica conventions. . . .Adrian Miirphy in town. CBS tossed a 

marlIv cevWs Albany m?v London cocktail party. . . .Don Coleman, number two flack at WGN, off to Camp 

K elemlits of weitaJws fo? J Stanza caught the spirit of vaude, RfPley for two weeks with his national guard unit. He’^ a Lt. . . Join 
nave elements oi weakness tor a introduced and riickly em- Moore and his “Ladies Fair" program cast each gave a pint of blood 


50,000-watt station. However, it is 


iistenable. MaschWier iraUrt^^^ H»1I longtime Brit- after his air appeal for blood donors. . . . ’’Werco:nI"TJaveiers’’ starting 

competent, if in spots slightly V. actively its sixth year on NBC for P & G. .. .Jackie Rudolphy of Mutual vaca 

bongj'. Roar of presses, which linked with show promotions. Sur- tioning in Wisconsin ... .'WBBM’s John Harrington Saluted Rockffu’d. 
were a distraction, seems to have P^^^se element was also well mam- m,, on his Saturday (28) show.... Paul Gibson flew his 'own plane to 
been reduced. Jaco, (Continued on page 38) Omaha for a WBBM broadcast. 



Inskle Stuf-Radio 

• I • * f' 

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Thomas F. Q’Nell, ^r.% extended power over the Mutual network 
further reflected last week when the MBS stockholders elected 
Ward Ingrim, «eeutive v.p. of the Don Lee Network — ^part of 
^Neirs General teleradlo empire— ^a member of the board of directors. 

Other board members are O’Neil, chairman; E. H. Antrim, WGN, Chi, 
vire-chairman; WlUet H, Brown, of Don Lee; H. K. Carpenter, of WHK, 

• Cleveland; Benedict Gimbel, Jr., WIP, Philly; J. R. Poppele, WOR, 
w y* Linus Travers, Yankee Network; Frank Schreiber, WGN, Chi; 
William Fineshriber, Jr., MBS exec v.p.; Theodore Streibert, WOR, 
jr y,, and James E. Wallen, secretary-treasure of MBS. 

Board also elected two new MBS officers, Poppele as engineering 
•VO and Julius F. Seebach, Jr., program v.p. Both had previously 

• hS WOR veepees' and were brought into Mutual last month as part 
of the WOR-Mutual integration. 

Pointing up the trend of soap operas toward dealing with more 
mature and real problems, CBS’ "Second Mrs. Burton” has expanded 
its "Family Counsellor” feature from a bi-weekly to weekly basis. 
Segment is a thrce-and-a-half-minute interview tailpiece on the 
Wednesday edition of the daytime serial and discusses questions such 
as the worthy causes, cooking, public service messages and similar sub- 
jects of general interest to women. For example, on the July 16 
broadcast, Albert Komfeld, editor of House & Garden mag, will spiel 
cn "life with children.” 

At first Young /k -Rubicam agency feared that the distaff dialers 
might object to having the > washboard weeper trimmed for the gab 
sessions, but the feature has brought favorable audience response as 
evidenced by a large mailbag. 

Daily highlights from Ihe convention of the National Assn, for the 
Advancement of Colored People were beamed on seven days, ending 
Monday (30), over WLIB, N, Y. Proceedings of the confab were taped 
and flown froA Okihnoraa City to the indip outlet, for beaming the 
.following evening, 

. Material Was edited by Walter White, NAACP exec secretary who 
. is also a WHB gabber, and Henry Moon, NAACP public relations 
. director, who acted as the station’s correspondents. 

Radio and television industries last week were kudosed by the Amer- 
ican Cancer Society for the plugs they aired on the recent ACS fund- 
raising drive. Walter King, AM-TV director of the society, reports that 
during the ’52 ACS campaign, the broadcasters gave 346 cancer plugs 
on AM nets, compared with 240 the previous year, and TV webs beamed 
208 messages, compared with 135 last year. 

These figures don’t Include special web broadcasts, or plugs and pro- 
grams aired at the local level. 


Philco has established three $1,500 engineering scholarships at Lehigh 
Dnlversity. Dr, Martin D.- Whitaker, president of the University, said 
the scholarships will be given annually for, the next four years. 

Leslie J. Woods, iphilco v.p., said the grants were made because 
"there may be a decline in the number of new engineering students in 
the next few years,” 


Sholis' 'Save, Radio’ Blueprint 

■ — = Continued from page Zi ' ■ 


fare equitably ih the event of a 
cut; and (2) asking all affiliates to 
give the chain the unilateral right 
to fix the rate at which a station 
would be sold on the network, "so 
that CBS would be in a position of 
flexibility to meet any hare- 
brained rate slash. Virtually all 
of ydu have signed this new con- 
tract.” 

The new type of pact was Inked, 
according to Sholis, because the 
outlets were demonstrating their 
confidence in Columbia, placing it 
in a position to compete with NBC. 
NBC outlets, however, forced the 
web to abandon its project. "We 
are not beyoiM learning a lesson 
from those living on the other side 
of the tracks,” Sholis said. "I pro- 
pose that we act in. a similarly 
sound and courageous manner.”- 

Sholis cited a story which ap- 
peared some weeks ago in Variety 
on CBS’ intention of cutting rates 
25% and perhaps up to 50% iu 
certain time periods. Price cut- 
ting was not the answer then and 
is not the answer now, he de- 
clared. "The alarming fact is that 
NBC and CBS. seem determined to 
fight this price war to the death — 
of the last affiliate. If CBS initiates 
another, round of rate cutting, the 

■ other networks will follow. No- 
body will gain in the long run. 
How long can you continue selling 

■ ® 69c tube of toothpaste for 29c 
before people begin to4>oliove it’s 
only worth 29 cents?” he asked. 

Affiliates’ keynoter called on 
CBS board chairman William S. 
Paley to "tell us tomorrow there 
will be no rate cut.” He said no 
intelligent broadcaster would over- 
charge a spender, "but it would be 
equally stupid and equally suicidal 
to cut rates out of fear, panic, in- 
tiniidation, desperation or a mis- 
guided desire to keep up with a 
rate-cutter down the street . . . The 
advertiser is as much concerned as 
We in keeping radio a healthy med- 
ium to help him sell his products 
a profit.’’ 

Paley should announce that Co- 
lumbia is a "No Deal” network, 
Sholis argued. ’"Nothing could be 
more salutary than an announce- 
ment by CBS that heimeforth no 
advertiser can expect any rate con- 
cession, special discount, talent 
contribution or anything else not 
published on the card and offered 
10 all advertisers . , . No medium 
can remain vigorous in a 'fire sale’ 
aimosphere or in. the situation re- 
sulting from a rate reduction based 


on an arbitrary formula pulled out 
of the air. Our problem is to re- 
store respectability to the network 
business.” 

He didn’t point, the finger only 
at the skeins. "Too many station 
operators have been equal^ casual 
about their rate card,” he regret- 
ted. 

Columbia was urged to take the 
lead in "underwriting and develop- 
ing sound research that will meas- 
ure all the dimensions of radio,” 
to find "for the first time,” radio’s 
true value* and impact. 

Sholis scored the fact that CBS 
is backing Standard Audit and 
Measurement while NBC is back- 
ing Nielsen ‘ Coverage Service, 
"both designed to measure the 
same thirig, only with a guarantee 
that the figiures will not match.” 

"Radio in the beginning set its 
rates by instinct,” the station- 
spokesman declared. "Rates stood 
still w.hlle the medium continued 
growing.” 


. 'KFEL 

I- — r : Continued from page 31 a-— ’ i * 

tion and fear that Denver may not 
be able to support five commercial 
stations are believed to be the prin- 
cipal factors behind applicants’ un- 
willingness to go into UHF even 
though permits can be* had without 
going into hearing. 

If there is no last minute con- 
testant for channel 2, FCC’s chan- 
nel-by-channel allocation plan will 
have proved, at least in the case 
of Denver, its value in getting sta- 
tions on the air fastest. Prior to 
adoption of the plan, agency had 
been considering lumping all VHF 
applicants in one hearing pot if ap-, 
plications exceeded available chan- 
nels. Advocates of this system 
claimed it would be fairer to ap- 
plicants but FCC feared it would 
tie up all applications in hearings 
and delay construction of stations. 

Under the Commission’s lift- 
freeze procedure, processing of TV 
applications begins today (1). 
Where two or more applicants file 
for the same channel, hearings will 
be scheduled but additional appli- 
cants may still come in before 
hearings are actually held. Where 
there is only one ap^icant for a 
channel, the agency is free to hand 
out permits immediately if the ap- 
plicant meets legal, technical and 
financial requirements. 



MUTUAL’S CHI POLITICO 
CONTRIB VIA DAILIES 

^ Bob Schmid, Mutual’s ad-promo- 
Hon v.p., has lined up an ambitious 
project whereby the web on the 
Presidential conventions will sup- 
ply daily columns ,by-Jlned hy 
MBS personalities, to 150 dallies.' • 

The cuffo columns vriU be sent 
out by pre-paid wire, special deliv- 
ery or airmail, will cover behind- 
the-scenes activities and will be 
tailored for the individual publica- 
tions by including items on their 
local delegates and politicos. Su- 
pervising the operations at the con- 
vention will be Frank Zuzulo, MBS 
press director, aided by Hal Gold, 
Harry Algus and Bill Diehl, who 
will travel from the web’s flackery 
in N. y. 

Network brought its affiliates in 
on the plan, and the local outlets 
made arrangements with papers in 
their communities. Mats and pho- 
tos have been provided so that the 
papers can promote the features, 
and photos of the commentator- 
columnists with local personalities 
will also be sent out from Chi. 
Among the gabbers taking part are 
Cecil Brown, Cedric Foster, Frank 
Edwards, H, R. Baukhage, William 
Hillman, Les Nichols and Fred 
Van Deventer. 


Detroit— Jerry Crocker, former- 
ly of WERE, Cleveland, WCUE, 
Akron, and WMOA, Marietta, has 
joined WJBK and WJBK-TV as an 
announcer-disk jockey. 


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Sufi Scripters W#oiit 
: At Wel»s Seen Averted 

With today (Wed.) as “strike 
deadline” set by the Radio -Writers 
Guild against the networks, it 
looked yesterday afternoon as. 
though a walkout of staff scripters 
would be avoided. 

A meeting between the webs apd 
the union Monday night (30) ended 
nest midnight, with most of the 
fringe issues cleared up. However, 
the two basic problems— those of 
commercial fees for ’news writers 
and final salary determinations — * 
were beifig>tackled at another ses- 
sion yesterday afternoon and eve-- 
ning as Variety, went to, press. 


, Arnold’s *Super Circus’ 

Arnold bread has bought the last 
half-hour of "Super Circus” on 
WJZ-TV, N. Y., starting Sunday 
(6)v via Benton & Bowles. 

The ABC-TV show is on a co-op 
basis for the summer. Mars candy, 
which regularly has the 5:30-6 por- 
tion, is on hiatus. Canada Dry has 
the 5 p.m, half-hour on alternate 
weeks. 


American Federation of Radio. 
Artists is expected,. behind 
the Cornell U.-UCLA' j^fessors’ 
blueprint for a talent mei^ger and 
If the f out other 'eastern branches 
oT the Associated Actors & Artistes 
of America' 'also adopt the plan, a 
full-scale wedding of the perform- 
ers’ unions may be effected. 

. AFRA national laoard members 
are being polled by. rnail on the 
professors’ plan, which has had 
some revisions from the proposal 
made two months back. If the 
board approves, the radio union’s 
membership will be canvassed in a 
mail referendum. Other unions 
concerned, including. American 
Guild of Variety Artists, American 
Guild of Musical Artists and Ac- 
tors Equity Assn, have npt yet 
moved on the plan. 

The college labor • relations ex- 
perts’ amended plan calls for the 
establishment of a one-card union. 
One local will be established in 
each city with artists from all fields 
belonging. Most significant change 
in the plan is that machinery has 
been proposed for' putting the mer- 
ger into effect should all five 
branches accept the plan. 

This Cittlls for the branches and 
.Television Authority* In which all 

(Continued on page 36) 





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tiff 

He makes a lot, he saves a lot, he spends a loti 
He’s your best prospeaive customer. 

4 

One-tenth of all these prosperous prospects for your 
product live in WLW-Land — One^tenth of America. 

The best way to reach them is by Radio . . . and the most 
effective and economical radio in this area is WLW. 


The full story of ‘Tour Best Customer’ 
all the facts and figures—is on film. Ask to see it. 


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July 2!/ 1952 


New Yprk> :; 

Jay.,^»i§icy i^0 
Maiihunt,Mpreeminfe (5lr 

on NBC-TV . . . Hollywood thesper 
James Cebastian, known as the 
“Apollo. Man/' In. Gotham for 
some vidpiO work .* . . Staiirt S^eJ-^1 
tel, producer-quizzer pf- AB.C-Tv .s 
“Hot Seat/’ off to Chicago for the 
airer’s special edition ihfiday (4) on 
eve of the GOP convention . . 
Sweets Co. of America has re- 
newed “Tootsie Hippodrome” over 
ABC-TV for 26 weeks, effective 
Aug 3 . , . Reed Hadley, star of 
CBS-TV’s “Racket Squad,” visited 
N. Y. last week and guested on 
sponsor Philip Morris’ AM series, 
if'Playhouse on Broadwi^y/’ before 
returning to Coast today (Wed.) . . . 
Jan Murray and his wife Toni» who 
recently formed Jantone Enter- 
prises, plan to enter vidpic produc- 
tion . . . Cpl. William F. Burke, Jr., 
former assistant director on the 
Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn 
shows, is now touring Europe with 
EUCOM headquarters’ AM-TV sec- 
tion. 

Tidewater Oil renewed DuMont’s 
“Broadway to Hollywood” for an 
additional 13-week cycle . . . First 
show scripted by Michael Dyne for 
Worthlnrton (Tony) Miner’s “(Jur- 
tain Call” on NBC-TV, “Azaya,” 
Will be aired Friday nig^t (4), He 
was erronoiisly credited with, hav- 
ing written “The Promise,” which 
launched, the series two weeks- ago 
, , . Gregory Raioff, George Jessel, 
Sir Gladwin Jebb and Howard 
Lindsay-Russel Crouse coming up 
In that order as guest panelists on 
CBS-TV’s “Information Please” . . . 
Lieut. Dody Sinclair, former staffer 
with WJAR-TV, Providence,, serv- 
ing aboard an aircraft carrier in 
the Mediterranean this- summer 
. . . Sofia Bros, pacted for 13 weeks 
of spots on WPIX’s Ted Steele 
show. Agency is Warren, Jackson 
A Delaney . . . WPIX publicity 
staffer Carol liCv.ine heading for a 
six-week vacation in Europe July 
9. She’ll visit former NBC con- 
tinuity writer Helen Miller, now 


in.^permany. . . Show of Shows 
.i>roidu'jter ;Ma| 'dpini( a by-n , 

ling jided Esquire on - Mar* 
f uirite gqpraho it>if thj| ^o>f 

. ■ Alan Neuman replacing Larry' 

Schwab, Jr., as producer-directot, 
of ,NBC’s “Lights „Out”^ ^ Freef ; 

lahee ' Eiric Arthur'^has ah 

original on NBC’s “ICraft Theatre’^ 
tonight (Wed), titled “A Time for 
Turning.” 


K(5rO-TV'* Cerebral Palsy tele?^ 
thon — Maroedea >McCaiiibrldge, 
Marahall Thampaou, Mill Blihap, 
Bddla Braekau* JMadyan!t , 6’BileB, 
Harold Peary, John Agar, Jimmy 
MeHugh, Ben Alexander^ Anita 
Gordon. . .£ 1 e a n o r Montgomery 
and Virginia Johnson set up out- 
fit .to service sho'vvs with TV props 
^ ^ j State- •, . College i launched six- 
week workshop. W^h Dr, Tom 
GirdMy, Blue .Wright^; Buss Bakgr, 
pd...Smljibi Eyaugollue Baker and 
Eddie lli'olatt xgpt:eseuting lecturers 
lrom.:tfi^:TV:,indusfry. 


Best Foods Recoa^rs, 


RepactiM Garry Moore HEARING POSTPONED 

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Eileen BARTON 


Coral RtcorflHiig Artist 

Direction: MCA 


Hollywood 

AI Goodman, art director of 
KECA-TV, named to hoard of So-> 
ciety of. Motion Picture Art Direc- 
tors'. , .Al Fischler ankled Snader 
Telescriptions to join KLAC-^TV as 
account exec, and Joe Coffin, for- 
merly head • of channel research 
department, joins s^les . , .KECA- 
TV’s Bill Gwinn and family left on 
vacation trek to Jackson Hole, 
Wyo., returning to “This Is My 
Melody” July* 18. . John Cameron 
Swayze in from ‘N, Y, for coast-to- 
coast preem. of VCamel News Cara- 
van” on NBC-TV, and later in week 
goes to Frisco . . . “Louisa May Al- 
.liifott,”' first in series of telefilms 
tagged “Famous Americans,” bows 
on KECA-TV tonight (Wed.)... 
Jack Gardner named newscaster 
for “Alka-Seltzcr Newspaper of the 
Air” on KHJ-TV, and George Mar- 
tin, Jr., is newsreel-ed.., .Ed Kem- 
mer of KECA-TV's “Space Patrol” 
to Reading, Pa., on vacash. . .Frank 
DeVol’s KTTV show kined for au- 
ditioning as possible fall entry . . . 
Pacific Wines sponsoring “Yester- 
day’s' News” on KLAC-TV. .'.Korla 
Pandit, hows in on KTTV for three- 
a-week series beginning July 6, 
Descanso- Gardens sponsoring . . 
Affiliated Gas Equipmfent picking 
up tab for KLAC-TV’s Sunday 
night feature film. . .Roller Derby 
videobuted on KTLA . . . Elton Rule 
exits KLAOTV to join KECA-TV 
sales staff. 

San Francisco 

KROW, Oakland, petitioned FCC 
to restore its TV application to the 
docket along with others extant at 
time of 1948 freeze. Petition 
argues that new applicants be ex- 
cluded from new hearings, also 
asks- FCC to r«)eal ruling reducing 
six local VHF commercial chan- 
nels io four. ..KPIX crew, gun- 
ning for a July 1 debut of its new 
Mt. Sutro antenna, handicapped by 
continuous ,fog, making work on 
the steel tower wet, shppery^and 
unsafe . . .Grace Lawson, 'Hollywood 
TV cook,, in for a weekend, will re- 
turn for a month’s summer siesta 
. , . BAETA; local TV school group, 
ratified bylaws, divided member- 
ship into university-college, city 
and rural groups, assessed mem- 
bers 25c per pupil for first year of 
TV operation, limited voted priv- 
ileges to one vote per 5,000 stu- 
dents. . .KRON’s cartoonist, 
George Lemont, shifts to KPIX, 
July 6, with a newie, “Uncle 
George’s Cartopn Club” . . , Art 
Primim, veteran'^KYA newscaster, 
preemlng a ddily “Newspaper of 
the Air” before; the KRON lens 
. . Add Hollywood . importees for 


Chicago 

Jack Brlckhouse arid Aifch Ward 
have a ‘new “Sport's Page” on 
WGN-1^ . ♦ » Studs Terkel-and 
Win Stracke headlining “Mifte and 
Men” for 'two weeks at Michigan 
Shores strawhatter . '. . “Impact” 
Monday (30) fed by WENTl-'rV to 
AB(i!-TV web gave viewers a be- 
hind the scenes look at the radio 
and teevee facilities at the In- 
ternational Amphitheater , . . Eddie 
Duceite back on his WNBQ cooking 
show after the emergency .ap- 
pendectomy . , . Don Herbert,. NBC- 
TV’s “Mr, Wizard,” talked before 
the Wisconsin State Teachers Col- 
lege last week . . . Standard Oil of 
Indiana picked up the ‘ tab on 
Clifton Utley’s newscasts three 
nights a week on WNBQ . . . Hal 
Fisher doing “This Is the Story” 
on WFBM-TV, Indianapolis . . , 
Chicago Boys Clubs* gave an award 
to WGN-TV’s Kay Middleton, i . . 
Muntz TV will increase produc? 
tion to 20,000 sets a month in Sept. 

. . . Bud Ellingwood, after two 
years in the Signal Corps, is back 
.at his WGN-TV director’s chair . . . 
“Quiz Kids” starting on NBC-TV 
next Monday (7) . . .WENR-TV now 
feeding two hours of. “Wrestling 
from Rainbo” to ABC-TV.:.Wednes- 
day nights ... Super Circus’ 
Mary Hartline now marketing a 
Mary Hartline doll .... WENR-TV 
got a 52-weelc renewal on the 
“Sachs Amateur Hour,” which is 
simulcast over sister station 
WENR. 

t 

London 

“The Nantucket Legend” by 
George Lefferts, which won a- prize 
in America for the best TV play of 
the year, is to be screened on the 
British network next Sunday (6). 
Piece is • being directed by Fred 
O’Donovan and Will star Herbert 
Lomas. . .Next edition of “Show 
Business,” the Vic Oliver monthly 
program, will feature Jack Watting 
and Phyllis Calvert who will play 
their original parts in a scene from 
“Flare Path.” They’ll be introduced 
by playwright Terence Rattigan 


Best Foods, which had notified 
CBS-TV that it Was pulling out of 
the Garry Moore daytime show 
after 'the July 15 broadcast, has re- 
considered and is now taking only 
{I two-month hiatus. 

Bankroller wiU return to the 
show Sept. 15, picking up a quar- 
ter-hour segment of the show once 
weekly, which is the same schedule 
it now has, Show at that time will 
be trimmed from an hour to a half- 
hour cross-the-board. 


WLIB Sets Kid Show 

For Negro Market 

A kid show for the Negro mar- 
ket is being added to WLIB’s 
(N. Y.) block of programs beamed 
to Negro dialers. Stanza starts 
Saturday (fi) at 9:30-10 a.m. ^ 

It will be handled by Lorenzo 
Fuller, who left the role of Sport- 
in’ Life in “Porgy .and Bess” In 
Dallas to take on the assignment. 
Stahza will include kldisks, inter- 
views and gemotes from the Har- 
lem Y. 




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the hranchos are represented, 
electing delegates to a convention, 
in proportion to the membership 
in good standing, with the conclave 
drafting the constitution of the 
One Big Union. All branches ac- 
cepting the plan Would bind them- 
selves to live up to the result of 
that convention. However, should 
only four (or fewer) branches ac- 
cept the plan,,, the whole thing 
would fall through. • 

If that split eventuates, it’s like- 
ly that AFRA and TVA would take 
steps to effect a two-way merger. 

Another change made from the 
first draft proposal of the profes- 
sors is that the board of the pro- 
posed integrated union would he 
cut from' 20(1 to IQO members. Rep- 
resentatioh’ would )»e on the basis 
of one 'delegate for each 200 mem- 
bers, with a total membership-in- 
good-stahding of 20,000 perform- 
ers envisaged. 

Dnes Scale Setup 

It was also decided to drop the 
dues scale ais proposed by the Cor- 
nell-UCLA team in favor of per- 
mitting the convention to deter- 
mine the specifics. It was recom- 
mended that dues, when set up*, he 
keyed to the individual’s incijme, 
with a floor and ceiling set. 

The professors drew up a ballot 
for the referendum, with the mem- 
bers of the various unions to vote 
on this specific plan, as is and with- 
out qualifications. ^It Is this ballot 
which AFRA is voting on and 
which the other ' unions may also 
send out. 

Technically', TVA wasn’t asked 
to poll its membership on the 
plan. However, since TVA will be 
sending delegates, the live video 
union will probably get its mem- 
bership to vote on the bltieprint. 

AFRA' and TVA memberships 
Voted overwhelmingly last March 
to have a two-party blending by 
July 1 if a five-branch consolida- 
tion wasn’t affected. While no ac- 
tion was taken on that wedding, 
the two groups would probably' get 
'together if the profs’' ^lan doesn't 
get accepted all around. 


sent a copy of the resolution fpr^ 
their signatures. 

Five points of the resolution 
are: 

(1) That CBS immediately launch 
a program of sound qualitative re- 
search, establishing radio’s real 
value; 

(2) That the network and affili- 
ates take the initiative to strength- 
en the standards and practices of 
good broadcasting; * 

• (3) That CBS should abandon 
its efforts to set fates unilaterally 
for the affiliates; 

(4) That a concerted effort of 
certain advertisers for further rate 
cuts should be firmly and finally 
rejected and that the July (’51) 
rate cut should be rescinded, and 
(5) that CBS should oopsider the 
advisability and necessity qf in- 
creasing daytime rates at least 
20% above the level existing be- 
fore the 1951 cut. . 

George B. Storer, head of Storer 
Stations, opened the meet as chair- 
man. However, because of his sis- 
ter’s death Monday night (30) in 
Chicago, he left. John Patt, of 
tlje Gk)odwill Stations, then took 
the chair. 

During the course of the ses- 
sion, some delegates asked: “What 
happens if we hold the line on 
rates and lose business?” A chorus 
of voices shouted: “Lose business.” 


’ Philadelphia, July i 

The Govetrtmeht’s anti-trust suit 
against thfe • National Football 
League, slated for June in the U. S. 
District Court here, has been set 
back until October. The postpone- 
ment means that a decision on the 
pro grid league’s broadcasting and 
TV blackouts will not Come until 
after the end of the' season. 

The case has. wide interest to the 
sporting world and television in- 
dustry, since a decision, would af- 
fect not only pro football but the 
college game, prize fights and other 
sports events which now restrict 
radio or TV broadcasts to certain 
Cities and localities. 

Judge Allan K. Grim, who an- 
nounced the postponement, said 
he had scheduled the case for June 
because of its importance, but w^s 
unable .to hold ' the pre-trial con- 
ferences having been tied up in a 
five-week ciyil suit. Judge Grim 
and .the attorneys involved have 
slated a pre-trial conference for 
Aug. 6, and all interested parties 
have* been notified. 


Mutual All-Star Preview 

Mutual .will air a special broad- 
cajst jprevieWilig the All-Star Base- 
ball Game on Monday (7) at 8- 
8:30 p.m. Gillette is bankrolling, 
.the. actual' ballcast the- following 
afternoon. 

Taking part pn the preview will 
be MBS exec v.p. William H. Fine- 
shriber, Vlr., baseball commissioner 
Ford -Frlckj team managers Leo 
Durocher and Casey Stengel and 
some of the stars. 

Jack McCoy to Coast 

Jack McCoy, emcee of “Live 
Like a Millionaire,” has informed 
Masterson-Reddy-Nelson, packagers 
of the NBC show, that he’s leaving 
the show in order to return to the 
(joast. 

He’ll bow out as soon as replace- 
ment is found. McCoy has. been 
emceeing stanza since it started on 
the Coast two years ago. 


Houston — Tim Osborne has been 
upped from chief announcer to 
program director for KTHT here. 






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dio’’ on TV and DuMont’s “'Cos- 
mopblitan Theatre.” 

Designation of the network to 
carry the showw will depend on 
which bankroller buys it. But 
whichever web gets it, it will mean 
that a staff director from some 
competing web will be working the 
series. Such a situation, it-'s be- 
lieved, hasn’t previously occurred 
in TV but' is being made possible 
this time because of the -show’s 
connection with ANTA. • 

Pick of one-act play material is 
to be made "avi^ilable to ANTA 
through a deal worked out with 
Samuel French Co. and the Walter 
Baker Co.,* publishers of most one- 
act plays . in this country and 
abroad. During the last 25 years, 
for example, the two firms have 
published more than 5,000 one-act- 
ers, which have been sold for pro- 
duction to more than 150,000 legit 
organizations, forming virtually a 
pre-sold audience for the aeries. 

While no talent commitments 
have yet been set, it's expected 
that most of the thesps who have 
appeared on ANTA productions in 
the past will also be available for 
the TV show. Among these are 
Judith Anderson, Ethel Barrymore, 
Bobby (^lark, Judith Evelyn, Nina 
Foch, Sir Cedric Hardwlcke, Au- 
drey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and 
Lilli Palmer, Peter Lind Hayes and 
Mary Healy, Jessica 'Tandy and 
Hume Cronyn, Peggy Wood, etc, 
Vinton Freedley will be associate 
producer with Harrity. 

Other credits set so far by Harri- 
ty include Paul Lammers, as pro- 
duction supervisor; Leo Kerz, as 
scene^ anp costume .designer; Max 
Meth, as musical conductor, and 
Tjieodore. Apstein, as script editor. 
Henry Souvaiiie is handling tlie 
i package. 


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Warwick Sc Hollywood, got the Sweepstakes Trophy for the 

overall entry in the television awards at the 49th annual conven- 
flnn of the Advertislnif Assn, of the West here last week. Award was 
filmed tfommercials for Pabst Beer, produced by Five-Star Produc- 
5<nns Hollywood. Pabst commercials also i:ot the award in the Na- 
Sonai Advertisers catego^. 

There was no award given for commercial radio programs in cities 
flf over 100,000, but KOPO, Tucson, garnered a first award for commer- 
plfll programs in Cities under 100,000. Kadlo trophy for best overall 
entry went to k;ERO, Bakersfield, Calif., for station’s • Golden Crust 
Bakery program; program also got first award. for' commercial spots in 
dties under 100,000. ; 

I • 

Two Chicago tele prograips--“Studs’ Place” and ^‘Kukla, Fran and 
Q^e”— were among the winners in the annual audio-visual communi- 
cations awards madfe by the Illinois Institute of' Technology last week. 
Burr Tillstrom accepted for JCFO; Studs Terkel accepted the ^iwaird for 
Television Airshows, packager of '‘‘Studs’ Place.” Other citations went 
to Crawley Films, Walt Disney Productions, Florez, Inc., and United 
Auto Workers. ' ' 

Standards for shared station identification spots, proposed by the 
National ,Assn. of Radio & TV Station Representatives after meetings 
with leading advertising agencies^ have been approved by a sufficient 
number of tele stations to put them into effect. Group of eight NB.C- 
TV outlets and a large number of other stations have voiced their ap- 
proval of the standards for the 10-second spots. 

As one answer -to the - difficulties encountered in keeping fresh a 
half-hour local video show cross-the-board, Margaret Arlen will .stavt .a 
new weekly film . f eaturetjte series on her program today (Wed.) via 
WCBS-TV, flagship station ;of the CBS video web in N., Y. She's, lens- 
Ing the films herself and, for the duration of the summer, is basing 
them on how N. Y. viewers, can entertain themselves inexpensively* 
Thus, the preem stanza features The Cloisters, Manhattan museum-. 

. Idea is based on. the success Miss< Arlen had with the film- she lens'ed 
for her show, during her recent junket to Europe. 


ABC-m ‘Don’t Freete Us (hir 

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ing and the times that they are | ened.” It's arguOd further 
aired. 

The missive riled a few opera- 
tors, who rankled at the word 
“monopoly,” although ABC is em- 
phasizing that the . "monopoly or 
duopoly is not of the. station's own 
choice or creation.” One station 
answered that he had carried a 
large number of ABC-TV shows, 
but that these had been cancelled 
off the web. To this the chain 
answers that while this particular 
station may have taken the pro- 
grams, it was the overall lack of 
clearances that- brought about the 
denrise of the programs. 

What angers ABC-TV exempli- 
fied by the fact that it has an 
order for one time period in which 
another web has just received a 
cancellation. Although it has been 
querying multi-affiliated stations, 
some are apparently holding op6n 
the slot until the othch skein gets 
a client for it. "We don’t mind 
competing with the other nets,” 
an ABC spokesman told VAniETY 
this week, "but we are sore at not 
getting a fair shake.” 

‘Only Hurtina: Yourselves’ 

ABC feels that stations "freezing 
out” the network are hurting them- 
selves in the long run, since "to 
the extent that there are fewer 
networks the stations’ trading posi- 
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ened.” It's argued further that 
should the' number qf networks be 
Cut, it would -not help sponsors. 

■ Typical of the replies to the ABC 
letter was one from a one-station 
city which answered 'that it carries 
all of the .20 top-rated programs. 
To this ABC replies that the rat- 
ings really reflect only the coverage 
they get, that proj^ams which get 
clearances get ratings. So if the 
programs which get the ratings get 
clearances, this attitude seqms to 
be' freezing ABC jout in a vicious 
circle, ABC feelsr 

The same station noted that in 
the past 3 'ear the time it had 
cleared for NBC-TV had dropped 
3(!)% and the time it had' cleared 
for CBS-TV had increased 25%. 
But, ABC-TV wants to know, how 
much time are you clearing for us? 
Additionally, ABC wants the time 
in desirable periods, since delayed 
broadcasts - in off-periods don’t get 
big audiences. 

Many of the outlets said they 
made their choices, not on the 
basis of which network originated 
a show, but on their concept of 
the public’s desire and of the pub- 
lic interest. Then why weren’t 
more stations cleareB for "Cela-- 
nese Tlieatrc?” a web topper won- 
ders. 

Chain’s letter to stations asked 
merely for a "reasonable assign- 
ment” of time and for what slots 
it might get. However, it’s under- 
stood, maj'ority of stations would 
not commit themselves and an- 
swered only that they would give 
ABC-TV fair consideration. "How- 
ever, that’s all we want,” the ABC 
exec told Variety, "a square deal 
so that we have a chance to grow.’’ 


Hyde 


Continued from page 31 


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station applic*ati6n would have in- 
volved io many applicants in so 
many cities that a "mammoth” 
hearing would be required before 
an 'examiner "undoubtedly endow- 
ed with the wisdom of Solomon.” 

Assuming this examiner was stble 
to come up "with some kind of 
proposed decision,” Hyde said, the 
result would be an assignment for 
a large part of the United States 
for a band of channels. This deci- 
sion, he continued, would be sub- 
ject to exceptions from each of 
the many applications, oral argu-. 
ments before the Commission, and 
a final decision which could be 
thrown into litigation lasting 
"years.” 

•The assignment plan, Hyde de- 
clared, should "conduce tc efficient 
handling of hearing cases .and to 
just determioatioris . . . The issues 
will be simplified, usually to^ com- 
parative examination of applicants 
for the same channel in the same 
citv. The number of spartlcipants 
wiil be. limited .and the costa in 
time and money vastly reduced 
from what would otherwise be ex- 
pected,” 


he' has spent considerable time on 
the Coast and that he expects to 
add facilities there also., says that 
contrary to accepted belief there 
is no shortage of technicians in' tlie 
east, although there aTe fewer -top 
men than in Hollyvt'ood, • Ood^ 
cameramen, soundmen and grips 
are available, altho.ugh -there aren’t 
enough assistant . electricians. . 

Major difficulty, from the point 
of view, of . specialists, is the prob- 
lem of maintaining continuous pro- 
duction .so that the crew • can be 
kept going. However, he now has 
a steady sked and- has guaranteed 
his crew six months of work (in 
.which period he can lay them off 
for a total of six weeks). ; 

A minor obstacle is unio.n regqr 
lations on overtime .work after 
5:30 p.m., w'hich Inakes location 
shooting after dark expensive When 
compared to lensing in L. A.. Pah- 
soiinet feels. He adds that if the 
unions revised sopie of their rules, 
more production wbiiid take place 

in the east. 

• : . * . ! ’ * 

The Parsonnet studios were com- 
pleted in, February,. 1951^ in a. sep- 
arate building at the Pepsi-Cola 
plant* in Long Island City, across 
the East River from midto'v^ Man- 
hattan. Pepsi site wai^-ohosen^be^ 
cause Parsonnet was making a se^ 
rles of 40 quarterrhour yidpix- for 
the soft drink, starring Faye Emer- 
son. Studio, has two , large stages, 
full carpenter and scene building ’ 
facilities, and a big set dock. It’s 
equipment Is said to be the most 
modem in the east. 

; . Seiiarate' corporations . were Or- 
ganized covering- the Studio ahd 
the production outfit. Thus', |on 
deals In which the production firhi 
is partnered with ajiother com- 
pany, the studio gets its usual 
rental fees. 

Parsonnet joined with MOT for 
"American Wit,” which stars 
Thomas Mitchell as narrator in 
half-hour v 1 d fi 1 m s dramatizing 
yams from humorists such as Mark 
Twain and Josh Billings. Pix; 
which were budgeted at around 
$16,000 apiece, go into release in 
August. 

As part of his expansion, Par- 
sonnet has recently added Henry 
Morgenthau, 3d, former producer 
of the Eleanor Roosevelt show on 
NBC-TV and "Vanity Fair” on 
CBS-TV, as executive assistant. 
He’ll co-produce the Arlene Fran- 
cis entry, of which a pilot film has 
just been completed, and is at, 
present concentrating on "Doctor.” 


Web’s Who, Us?’ 

— " Continued from pajfe 31 7 - . 

works to clear stations and to dom- 
inate the prime time periods. 

Further, it’s the indies’ Conten- 
tion, as the webs get into film pro- 
duction and syndication they will 
also move for domination of vidpix 
as well as live. They also raise 
the question of whether it’s in the 
be.st interests of the Industry for 
the same organizations to be pro- 
ducers and di.stributors — the con- 
cept which brought about the di- 
vorcement moves in the film busi- 
ness. <• ., 

Breakdown on Gqptrol * 

The breakdown of c.ontidl on 217 
shows, both commercial .-iand sus- 
taining, reveals tliat hjBG-T.V leads 
CBS-TV. DuMont and ABC-TV, jn 
that order, in number of, web-pro- 
duced programs: 

N«l Ind. Agcy. 

Fred. Frod. Frod. 

ABC ....... 7a8'/<) 27(71%) 4(11%) 

DU.AI 1.3 (36%) 21 (58%) 2 ( 6%) 

CB.S 34(40%) 28(37%) 10(14%) 

NBC 38 (52%) 25(34%) 10 04%) 

Lumping all the chains together, 

42% of programs were web-con- 
trolled, 46% were independently 
controlled and 12% were agency- 
controlled. Considering commer- 
cial shows only, 34% were under 
network aegis, 49% bullf. by indie 
packagers and 17% under the 
agency’s wing. 

Since there is a complexity of 
uetwork-agency-packager-talcnt re- 
lationships in video, the Ross 
roundup admits, it’s a "touchy 
proposition” to determine actual 
control. In many cases there is, 
overlapping. However, the criterion 
used in the study was: who con- 
trols the idea, who* hires and pftys 
talent and supervises production 
details, and could the show be 
moved to another network? 


Cleveland — ^Ddn Yamell is leav- 
ing WHK for Leech Advertising 
Agency. Yarnell will continue his 
televi.sion program howOver at 
WXEL. 


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and to socurN thoso righH wo submit that it lay Its foun* 

, datioN ON thfio |>riHciplos, 

Roeognixo that radio has lOft tho living roomk moro 
thOn half of a/r U. S. radio lltfoitliig (including. non-TV 
homos) is dono outsido tho living room, most of It Id thd 
kitohon. , In TV homod 77% of radio liitoniNg tokos jblooo 
ON xocoiidory sotx, and ovon In radio-only homos 5t % of 
fodio listonino is dono outsido thd living room: (Sfdrodt 
Amoficon Rosoardh Ruroou > Survoy jointly sj»onsorod by 
CiS and NRO: 

Rotognixo' that in |oavin<| tho liyino room radio is bo» 
com.ino d oompanien, a sort of oudlblo wrist Watoh (CIS 
says that thoro art 41 million loeondary sdtik tn hodlids, 
Z3 million in ’cars, but only 34 million living room idts, 
and that 100,000 ^cfock rodlos or# sold ovory. month)* 

Which moons that poopio want to know tho timo, an t 
want radio to givo it to thorn. 

WCCC, on indopondont, in Control Connocticut 
^ f w^oro the ORIGINAL DOCUMENT that formed the basi$ 
of the Oeclaration at Independence wos lint written and 
hai long since been forgotten} gives theni the time^ 
news, ond weather every fifteen minutes all day, every 
day. This feature which we call TNT (time, news, tem- 
perature) is building stotlen loyalty, instead of program 
loyalty. We feel program loyalty is staying right in the 
living room with that monster, TNT also helped WCCC 
win last April’s Yoriety plague award for Small Station 
Showmanship. 

Rut not only TNT is building WCCC. Good eld fash- 
ioned Yankee stubbornness is building.it too. We made 
up our minds that we "love that format”. We keep it the 
same, so as not to^confuse the growing number of per- 
sons who toll us they turn on WCCC in the morning, and 
leave it on. because "you con always get music.” 

Again, since radio is leaving the living room it is be- 
coming "companionate”-— an accompanying element to 
other things— the kitchen,' the car, the bedroom, the bdr« 

What do you tunO for when you are doing other* things? 
A.' bockgrouiid. ' What makes . tha best background? 
MUSIC. 

' WCCC’s music Is chosen by a musical dirOcy|f? who is 
a musician, who con program music in a wdy^^at keeps 
you tuned all day. 

So Mr. Advertiser, if you want to know whot happened 
to radio, jiist look outside the living room, and— just 
listen to the music! 

It^s true in Hartford, and In many other markets, large 
ond small. This Fourth of July finds, independents 
stronger than Over, with more, new methods of increas- 
ing our gudiOnce >tiil further. 

And for the support of this Declaration Mr. Adver* 
tiser, if you want fo reach the audience that It still with 
radio, use the little music and news firecracker in your 
. iCity. You'll find that today and every day is Independ- 
ents day* 

WCCQ Hartford 

, "Th»r9'M TNT •fi‘ CCC" 

IN NEW YORK, CALL INPIE SALES 
IN.ROSTOH, CALL RETTELL-CARTIR 








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Radio Reviews 


Continued froMii uAfe 34 


taincd, artists not being announced 
beforehand. Program had nmeh 
pace and liveliness^ plus good iiw 
formal-style script linldttg up the: 

^^First guest %. 'CUff 
comedian, who offered a skittish 
trailbr tilting, at stars entertaining 
the troops in medieval style., He 
gagged about the disconcerting' 
things that happen in show busi^ 
nessi singing a number called 
“We're Going to Have Some 
Trouble with the Band." Emcee 
thert introduced Charlie Chester; 
EngHsh comic, \frhom he described 
as "the champ. of bad gags." He 
did commendable humor chores. 

Program was closed, by George 
Mitchell Glee Club, singing tunes 
made famous by Henry Hair* BBC 
Dariee Orch two decades- back. 
Choral group gave fine rendering 
of. the traditional Scottish oldie 
“Loch Lomond" and also sang a 
new song “Lady Love," ending ivlth 
their own arrangement of band- 
maestro’s signature tune "Here’s. 
To the Next Time." 

FRANK &* JACKSON 

With Frank Harden and Jaeksoir 

Weaver 

Director: Bill Brown 
30 Mins.; Sat.» 2:30 p^nt. 

Sustaining 

ABC, front' WashinftoM 

Latest entry in the comedyi- 
disk, jockey sweepstakes is Frank 
& Jackson (Frank Harden and 
Jackson Weaver). According to an 
ABC handout they began their 
joint careers oh Washington's 
WMAL only six weeks ago, and in 
that short time have become the 
“most popular show" on the sta- 
tion. But in preeming on tlie ABC 
net Saturday (28) their humor was 
more strained than of the relaxed, 
spontaneous, variety. 

Half-hour stanza had the team 
turntabling. such tunes as a Don 
Cornell version of "I'll Be Seeing 
You" and Leroy Anderson’s "Belle 
of the Ball." Betwixt platters they 
"tongue-in-cheeked the Washing- 
ton scene" with a briefle soap 
opera and served up a variety of 
imaijyjary characters designed to* 
promote a spirit of levity. Show 
would be more effective with a 
le.ss hectic, harum-scarum ap- 
proach. Gilb. 


MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS' 

With Bill Hastings,. Jerry Romano, 

Rick Williams, Bob Austin 
60 Mins.; Sat.,. 12 (Midnight) 
TOWPATH INN 
WPTR, Albany 

Live entertainers at Jerry Roma- 
no’s Towpath Inn, Albany-Troy 
Road, take origination from there 
out of the class of the recorded 
progi’ams, with which the Area is 
saturated. Bob Austin, WPTR an- 
nouncer, does spin platters, but it 
is the organ playing by Bill Has- 
tings, the warbling of Romano, and 
the occasional pianoing by Rick 
Williams that give the show dis- 
tinction. 

Hastings, who has been appear- 
ing in Capital District night spots 
for two years, manipulates the 
Hammond with Unusual style and- 


skill. He sounds off the beaten 
track. In solos, in accompaniment 
for Romano, and (on last block 
heard) ip a dun with Williams of 
VNight und Pay," Bastings jjeejned 
io gd a; litflic far' .n 'a showy 
fangement of “Kiss of Fire/’- the 
melody being obscured. He regis- 
tered solidly vfirii -“GQt Yo.ii Uhd#r 
My Skln'^and otber nuihberij; Fitr- 
ing with Williams came through 
smoothly, 

Romano is a vigorous balladeer. 
He includes "All In a Day," com- 
posed by Hastings. 'Austin features 
an Informal, mildly kidding ap- 
proach. His voice: is clear but a bit 
twangy and hard; softer tone and 
flexibler projection would .be ad- 
visable. Selection of vvaxers, on 
one shot, was. unorthodox and a 
trifle loud'. Pickup of audience 
noise should be checked. Plugging 
for Towpath Inn* Is. not too- in- 
sistent. • Jctco. 


tiipk Chatter 

— Continued fron*., page 24 

Douglas back from N. Y. where 
he narrated 58 one-reel telefilms 
for Electric Industry . , . Leo 
Rogecrans of Jerry Fairbanks In- 
ductions skied to Cleveland on biz 
. . » L. A. manufacturer Phillip 

Sockett is prexy of WllshirC' Tele- 
vision Productions, but won’t par-, 
ttcipate ' in operations ' beyond in-, 
vestment of $200,000^ exec pro- 
ducer-v.p. David X. Miller to be* 
in charge . , . Derwih Abrams and 
Tommy CarJr to • direct 56 "Hopa- 
long Cassidy" telc'pix rolling Aug. 
4 at Newhall by William Boyd 
Productions, for NBC-TV, Harri- 
son Jacobs and . Sherman Lowe 
are scripting,’ Gleii Cook is pro- 
duction manager, and Bob Stabler 
associate producer . , . Shooting be- 
gan this week at General Service 
studios on new fall telefilm Series 
of George, Burns and Grade Allen, 
with, initial release set for October, 
Carnation Co. and B. F. Goodrich 
Co. sponsoring, Ralph Levy pro- 
ducer-director ... Telepix pro- 
ducer Jack Wrather and wife, 
Bonita vGranville,^ to Tulsa, , where 
he has bought channel KOTV . . . 
Gotham video producers and writ- 
ers John Kuller and Sherry Alli- 
son due in this week to be asso- 
ciation producers for Howard 
Welsch on upcoming “The Damon 
Runyon Playhouse" series . . . 
Peggy Castle drew femme lead in 
"Babe," Screen Televideo telepic 
rolling at Eagle-Lion studios . , . 
Sol Dolgin and Lou Wdner of 
Cisco Kid Products in from Omaha, 
after arranging personals for 
Duncan Renaldo . . . Ellis Dungan 
left for India to shoot background 
for three mpnths for 28 Frank 
Ferrin telepix, "Smilin’ Ed’s 
Gang," on CBS-TV . . . Scripts of 
15 of 26 in “Trouble With Father" 
series starring Stu Erwin finished, 
roll July 7 under ageis of Hal 
Roach, Jr. and Roland Reed . . . 
Louis D. Snader acquired TW 
rights to Gian-Carlo Menottl’s film; 
"The Medium" 


tempo heightened at ..Ilal Roach 
lot, with seven J'Hystery Theatre 
vidpix beghming, . al^o "Amos ’n* 
Andy" resuming .and; group of 
six "My Little Margie" telcpix.,. 
Adrian Weiss cutting attcT dubbing 
131, “Craig Kennedy, Criminologist” 
series, starring Donald Woods . . . 
Edgai* Bergen producing 13 half- 
hour vidpix at Denver, using 
.pike’s. Peak as « bockgM 
■^’'oducer-dlrector, aa^ 
in -the' series. „ „ 

Charles Gibbs drew the fea- 
tured role in ‘.‘Condemned Man," 
next' ip ^A’pex’ JLone;; Ranger tele- 
film.’' sertesf . . . Jarok Dwy will play 
the top comedy lead in ‘^Holly- 
wood 6116," new vldpic series 
which Joan HarriLon will produce 
. . . Naney Hale, a member of Para- 
mount’s "Golden Circle" until re- 
cently, was. signed for the femme 
lead opposite Roso Ford In "Jef- 
ferson Davis," fourth in the series 
of DuPont "Cavalcade of Amer- 
ico" vidpix whii^ Screen Gems is 
producing . . . James Duim and 
Eleanor Donohue will play a father 
and daughter team in "I Want to 
Be a Star," which Artists Ltd.; will 
produce foi'’ the Irene Dunne-Ed 
Lewis Schlitz Playhouse. Kath- 
erine and Dale Euhson are script- 
ing the new series. . . . Harry 
Ellerbe signed for "Homecoming," 
with Leif Erickson and Helen 
Wesie^t in the Schlite Playhouse 
series . . .. Gene Lockhart will star 
in’ "A Matter of Circumstance," 
one 'of Pennant’s "Date With 
Destiny" series. 


. Production 


FftG 


Continued from page. 23 


with the, accohnt . when PAcR de^ 
cided to exit the agency biz. 

Medico role is being' handled by 
Warner Anderson, fqrme’r Metro 
contract player.’ Directors include 
Bob i^drich, who was associate di- 
rector on Charles Chaplin’s last 
two films, and Rodney Amateau. 
John Cromwell, another Hollywood 
director, also megged one of the 
first shows. 

Pix are being lensed on a skeff 
of one day’s rehearsal and two. or 
three days* shooting. Emphasis is 
being placed on the scripting, rath- 
er' than on stars, on the theory that 
the life of a strong yarn is longer 
than the life of a marquee name. 


NBG-TV-NCAA 

Continued from page 2S 


to line up several bankrollers on a 
participating deal. 

Package price breaks down as 
follows : NBC’s Class A rate for the 
network is $54-,000. Figuring each 
game at two hours, that would 
make the rights about $100,000 per 
game or, on a 12-game schedule, 
about $1,400,000. Another $1,500',- 
000 would be charged for time, and 
another $500,000-$750,000 for pro- 
motion, agency commission, etc. 

Once it has the sponsors, lined 
up, NBC must then go out and dick- 
er individually with each college 
whose game it wants to televise. 
Final schedule, as a result, will not 
be known for some time. 



Sharpe 

Continued from page 23 


Singer Sewing Machines apd is set 
fpr CJ^rXy in .the fall. Series, 
originally dbnA ou radio, will ro- 
tate .Charley? Boyer, Joel McCrea, 
Dick Powell, and. possibly Rosalind 
Russell, with'pjther stars also set. 

Other Sharpe shows set with Of- 
ficial include the Robert Cummings 
situation comedy, “My Hero’’;, 
"Terry and the Pirates," based on 
the comic strip (this one has al- 
ready been sold, but client is being 
kept under wraps), and a dramatic 
series called "Impulse," currently 
being peddled to prospective bank- 
rollers. 

Sharpe is exclusive representa- 
tive for Desilu Productions, which 
produces the top-rated ‘T Love 
Lucy” vidpix series on CBS-TV (he 
rates the bows for conceiving it), 
and also negotiated the deal for 
the "Our Miss Brooks" transition 
into TV films. Latter has been 
bought by General Foods, also for 
CBS. 

Meanwhile, Sharpe is still play- 
ing the bigtime circuit in AM with 
his “Dangerous Assignment,” 
"Texas Rangers," "Nlghtbeat," 
“Defense Attorney," “Silent Men" 
and Dick Powell’s “Richard Dia- 
mond." 


ROBERT MEEKER ASSOCIATES 

Ntw York Los Anp el«t Sob Fronciscil Chtcogo 


Heustou — Rita Zenzen, of Chi- 
cago, has been named to the post 
of promotion director for KXYZ 
here. 




Shift Probe t# N.Y^ 

Washin^bh,, July % 

' ' House Interstate* 'Cdmiherce 
Jiubcommlttee investigating 
radio and TV foi* imhioral and 
offensive programs is^ plan- 
ning t<^ hold- its next hearings 
in New Yoi'k City, probably in 
September, Varxett learned 
today, It’s understood the 
Committee -intends tO' go fur- 
tlier into Crime programming 
and shows criticized for "bad 
taste," 

HearingSr will probably wind 
up in Washington with sessions 
on educational programs or 
lack ;Of same, withr testimony 
by the FCC and the Joint Com- 
mittee on Educational Televi- 
sion. Committee is required tO; 
make its report te Congress l^y 
January. 

jl. I J imnmmii. iii Ml nl. m— 


‘Km|i HanAs IMf 

I - — ‘ j ConUnueiK fronn 2T 

■feature films would run a TV sta- 
tion for a little over a month and 
'a half. I cite that as an example 
of the complications in. program 
planning. 

To develop the variety of pro- 
grams- required for TV, said Fetzer, 
“is an endless job that demands 
scores of hours of rehearsal for 
every hour that was- required to 
produce thk -same; effect in radio,’ 
Admittedly,' TV i)r6grams range 
from Grade A presentations to the 
mediocre and sometimes downright 
bad." 

Fellows Testlltes 

The industry’s position was also^ 
supported by Harold E. Fellows,, 
prexy of NAR'TH, who told the 
committee that some of the protests 
regarding T'V programs results 
from pressure campaigns. Some 
petitions reaching. . Congress, he-, 
said^ follow a stereotyped form 
[ "and tend to rise* and fa-U in vol- 
ume as the campaign pressure is 
turned on and off from national' 
headquarters.” 

Fellows said that he has heard 
that postcards sent out by organiz- 
ers for mailing to Congress have 
been filled in by some people with 
the name of the ipv^show "Kukla; 
Fran and Ollie,” ‘an NBC puppet 
program. 

Regarding the issue of offensive 
shows, Fellows pointed to the re- 
cent Supreme Court decision in the 
"Miracle" film case. The definition 
of "offensive,!* he declai’ed, "may 
and usually does vary from com- 
munity to community depending on 
a wide variety of factors." 

Fellows said he was in agreement 
that there are limits of good taste 
in programming but he emphasized 
that station owners are keenly 
aware "that every receiving set is 
equipped with the convenient 
means of turning their program of- 
ferings in or out" and are making 
a sincere effort to meet the prob- 
lem through self-regulation. 

Rep. J. Edgar Chenoweth (R- 
Colo.), a member of the committee, 
disagreed with Fellows regarding 
pressure on Congress in connection 
with the inquiry. "There are sei’i- 
ous, substantial, well-founded ob- 
jections on the part of reasonable 
American citizens," he said. 

And Rep. Joseph P. O’Hara (R- 
Minn.) joined in to say, "unless 
there is some improvement of pro- 
igrams and ads, there is going to be 
something done legislativewise." 

But Rep. Arthur G. Klein (D- 
N.Y.), whose solution to- unaccept- 
able programs is to "turn the d — 
thing off,” came to Fellows’ sup- 
port. The committee has received 
"thousands" of letters, he said, 
•from the "lunatic fringe." 


Soutliwesl TV 

Continued- from page 31 


me oiuy uuiiei wiin a coaxial cor 
nection from Dallas, which is th 
hub for the TV system. 

At Fort Worth, a crew of tecl 
nicians installed a 6 x 8 foot re 
flector screen approximately 27 
feet above the gi’ound on the oui 
let’s 502-foot antenna. The scree 
will pick up the signal from th 
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.’i 
Haskell Exchange Bldg., in Dalla' 
and bounce it to an eight-foot par: 
bolic antenna some 12 feet abov 
the ground located just to the we* 
side of the building. It will char 
ncl the .signal into WBAP-TV 
transmitting equipment. 

As is the case in several othc 
installations, this is a temporal 
arrangement. At WBAP-T'V, th 
permanent microwave tower wi 
be located southeast of the bulk 
ing on WBAP-TV property. 


July, 2,: 1952 



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Philadelphia, July l. 

Offers of $100,000 for the tele- 
vision and* radio rights to the- Kid 
Gavilan»-Gil Turner welterweight 
championship bout have been nixed 
by promoter Herman Taylor, who 
says ke wants to* see what the 
match will draw at the gate on its 
iherits, when the scrappers meet at 
the Municipal ‘ Stadium here. 
July. 7.. . 

Bout iff beinit staged in a.ssocia- 
tlon with the Philadelphia In- 
quirer Charities, Inc. Taylor also 
announced he had thumbsed-down 
a bid to ohamieL the fight. Into 70 
theatres, via TV. "There will be 
no home ojc theatre television, nor 
any radio broadcast of the fight,” 
said the PhiRy promoter, announc- 
ing his: decision was .final. 

Taylor told interviewers he "was 
not>gaihst progress,” .but he be- 
lieved his- fight (“the greatest of 
the year”) will" draw more money 
, without the reyeniie front outside 
sources. Taylor expi^cts a crowd of 
more than. 40, 000 at the- Stadium, 
due to the enormous popularity 
’here of- chailengi^r' Gil Turner,, a 
local, boy, ^ . Promoter Taylor 
wouldn’t say how ’"much, his hlankeft 
refusal of aircoverage was due to 
the ingenious locals.. who managed 
to bring in the telecast of the Wal- 
cott-Chai’les bout • in . the N, Y. 
channels when that match was 
blacked out here early last month. . 


CBGOAO’t 


Continued from imse 31 


projected combine must sell, since 
ABC now owns WXYZ-TV, Ch'u 
Thus, the St. Lqo station, if okayed, 
would constitute a sixth operation. 

Web to date h^^s. optioned some 
property In the southern part of 
the- city for construction of a trans- 
mitter, but has not actually filed 
its application. Web spokesmen 
said that it has not been deter- 
mined yet which channel they will 
seek but that it will undoubtedly 
be a VHF, rather: than a UHF. 
That means that CBS will have a 
fight on its hands, since there are 
presently seven other applications 
in the hopper for the two commer- 
cial VHF channels assigned- to St 
Loo when the freeze* was lifted. 

Merle Jones, veepee of CBS-TV 
o.&o. operations, incidentally, was 
formerly general * . manager of 
KMOX, the CBS Radio*-owned sta- 
tion in St. Loo. 



KredBeidlir, 





ORCiaiSTRAS.MSfSI<; 


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WRITERS’ NEW PAYOFF 


Rumors; ‘To Give 'Em What They Want’ 


.Dave Kapp, ex-Decca Records V 


•veepee and now recording chief for ^ • -' ¥ i . /« 

KCA Victor, fto wntrart coiHic Jackie Gfeasoii 

As Maestro on Cap Set 


for two years and the erroneous 
rumors about him exiting the com- 
pany have become something of a 
Tin Pan Alley mystery on both 
coasts, since the false reports have 
originated from both the . Lindy's 
and Brown Derby belts. As a mat- 
ter of record, BQA Victor's chief 
of artists & repertoire, George 
Marek, and RCA veepee Manie 
Sacks, who brought Kapp into the 
organization, point to his currently 
releasing and soon-due ..output as 
evidence to the contrary. 

It is axiomatic in the record husi 
ness, as with the picture business, 
for example, that if .it's a best 
seller the distribution’ oi’ganiza- 
tion (along with . everybody else) 
takes bow for merchandising.' Jf 
it's a flop; it's the "fault", of the 
producer. In the record business, 
of course, it reverts to the record- 
ing chief. ‘ , 

The RCA Victor pop product, in 
recent months/ has been under 
unusual spotlight, in .:betwecn;. the 
exit of Charles Greah and Kapp's 
advent, because the company 
traditionally has shied away from 
"mickey mouse" records — crack- 
ing whips, echo chambers, hand- 
slapping, wailing singers and the 
like. . 

Realistically, of late^ Sacks has 
proffered the idea .that "if that’s 
what the public wants, let’s give 
’em mule cries and holy-roller 
stuff," but at the' same time "the 
entire RCA org- adheres to the 
more orthodox style of dlskery, al- 
though it also has been producing 
some of the freak forms of pop. 
recordings which Ifas been so much 
the vogue of late. 

Kapp's experimentation with 
the Perry Como-Eddie Eisher duet 
on "Maybe" and "Watermelon 
Weather," while only a slight de- 
parture from , the oldline, conven- 
tional etchings, has been paying 
off with over 300,000 disks sold in 
the last five weeks. A better tip- 
off .on the prevailing wind was', 
however, Kapp’s Inking of -Lily 
Ann Carol, ex-Louis Prima vocal- 
ist, who is definitely in the "noisy" 
(Continued on page 46) 

Jones New Cap 
Pop Head in East 

In a reshuffle of Capitol Records 
New York division last week, Dick 
Jones, eastern artists and reper- 
tory topper, took oyer the pop a. & 
r* post held by Dave Cavanaugh. 
Cavanaugh was shifted to Cap’s 
Coast branch wher^ he’ll take over 
the Wddle division reporting to 
Francis Scott. 

Move is in lin§ with Cap’s cur- 
rent buildup of it’s kidisk depart- 
undetermined yet as to 
Whether anyone will be brought 
Into the N. Y. headquirt.ers to re- 
lieve Jones of the pop. a. & 
duties. 


r. 


VAUGHAN, COLE, KENTON 
SET FOR FAU PACKAGE 

for a Sept, 19 kickoff, 
the fall edition- of "The Biggest 
Show of 1952". already has lined 
up Sarah Vaughan, Nat (King) 
Ole and Stan Kenton as topliners. 
supporting acts are yet to be 
which was produced 
^ud Cress Courtney, 
^ 10-week tour with 
n dates already set. 

An K . ^ being booked on a co- 
^ betweeh the Gale Agency 
9,®ueral Artists Corp, "Biggest 
in iQt;i idea was launched 

The spring '52 
^®^^ured Frankie Laine, 
sud the Billy May orch. 

S2 nnn racked up more than 

52000 000. The current edition 

seven evenings and four 
uialinees a week. 



Comedian Jackie Gleasftp -will 
head up an 'orch for a series of 
albums to he released by Capitol 
Records. Diskery inked the comic 
to a three-year pact last week. 

Albums, which’ll be tagged 
"Jacki.e Gleason Presents," will 
feature Gleason batoning a 40- 
piece orch, Initial release is due 
in September. Gleason plans to 
plug the ' albums and the . tunes 
he records on his CBS-TV series 
beginning in the fall. 


Field Narrowed 
In Quest For 
U.S. Army ^ng 

Execs of the major disk com- 
panies and a music biz commit- 
tee, which have .been searching for 
an "official'' U. S. Army song, have 
currently harrowed down the. field 
to five' or six entries which will 
be "tested In the field." Although 
Guy Lombardo and his band vocal- 
ist, Kenny Gardner, volunteered 
to cut the demonstration disks, the 
Industry committee feels it would 
be psychologically better if either 
Vic Damone or Eddie Fisher, both 
how serving in the Army, made the 
demos. 

Search for Any Army song is be- 
ing made at the behest of Frank 
Pace, Jr., Under-Secretary of the 
Army, who contacted the top six 
disk companies along with Otto A. 
Harbach, American Society of Com- 
posers, Authors & Publishers * 
prexy; Carl Haverlin, Broadcast 
Music, Inc., prez, and Irving <!:ae- 
sar, writer and publisher; Pace 
contended that although other 
wings of the armed services de- 
veloped songs into official service 
themes, the U. S. Army has not 
come up with one in its 177 years 
of existence. 

Pace pointed to "The Marine 
Hymn” for the Marines (also "The 
Caissons Go Rolling Along"); "An- 
chors Aweigh" for the Navy and 
the "Air Force Song" for the Air 
Force. Pace, incidentally, did not 
mention ."Sound Off” which was 
usJed widely as an Army marching 
song in World War II in the cate- 
gory of an "official" song. 

Present plans call for circulating 
the five or six songs under consid- 
eration among the troops and if the 
latter "take” to one number, it will 
be designated as "official.” 


Freed Troupe in Ohio 
Tour Cleanup in BidTo 
‘Bring Back Dancing’ 

Cleveland, July 1, 
Extending his campaign to "bring 
back dancing” in this area, Alan 
Freed, WJW disk jockey, went on 
troupe last weeTc and played to 
healthy crowds in three? northern 

Ohio ballrooms, Freqd, one of the 
promoters of the sellout "Moondog 
tour with his "Moondog House" 
Coronation Ball" in Cleveland a 
couple of months ago, did a 30-min- 
ute dee jay session from each of 
the ballrooms. 

Freed’s troupe comprised The 
Swallows, vocal quintet; Edna Mc- 
Griff, vocalist, and Buddy Lucas 
orch. Over 800 customers were at 
the Crystal Beach Ballroom, Lo- 
rain; 2,350, at Summit Beach Ball- 
room, Akron; and 1,500 at the new 
Avon Oaks Ballroom, Girard. 


George Avakian, Columbia Rec- 
ords artists and repertoire topper 
for pop albums, heads for the Coast 
this week for recording sessions. 


After more than 18 months of 
discussion, the writers classifica- 
tion committee of the American 
Society of Composers, Authors & 
Publishers has finally come up 

with a modification of the coin 
distribution plan which has been in 
operation ' since ' October, 1950. 
Plan has already . been green- 
lighted by the Department of 
Justice, under a "we do not disap- 
prove" formula, and is expected to 
be ratified by the full writers com- 
mittee at a meeting, today (Wed.) 
in New Yorkl 

Plan was devised by Stanley 
Adatns,, chairman of the committee, 
and Mack* David . with suggestions 
by Hans Lengsfelder, Pinky Her- 
man, Johnny Redmond, Maurice 
Barron, Mickey Stoner and other 
writers incorporated. Although de- 
tails of the new plan are being 
kept under wraps until it is okayed 
by the committee, it is- known that 
the new plan reestablished an 
"availability" category in the pay*- 
off breakdown. 

The revival .of the availability 
factor, which was dropped, in the 
1950 system in favor of an 80% 
performance and .2^0%. seniority ba- 
sis, is expected to help the older 
writers who suffered most under 
the performance accent.- Availabil- 
ity will give weight to the age of 
tunes still played. ' 

Proponents of the plan state that 
it will improve the coin status of 
90% of the ASCAP' writers. , Un- 
der the 1950 System, over 75% pf 
the writers suffered decreases in 
income, some of them . being ex- 
tremely severe among the older 
writers who were unable to keep 
up the modernday plugging pace. 

The new plan will be broken in 
on the ASCAP writers via member- 
ship meetings during the next 
couple of weeks. L. . Wolfe Gilbert, 
Coast ASCAP rep; is Currently in 
N. Y. to study the plan , and will 
report back to the Coast writers at 
a July 16 meeting. 

Victor to Push 
Catalog in Britain 

In line with RCA Victor’s new 
plans to release the British Gram- 
ophone Co.’s His Master’s Voice 
disks in the U. S. on a regular dis- 
tribution basi;^, Victor has arrang- 
ed for heavier distribution of its 
catalog in Britain.' The Gramo- 
phone Co. is a part of the Elec- 
trical & Musical Industries (EMI) 
combine with which Victor has a 
reciprocal deal. 

EMI, . meantime, is planning to 
enter the slow speed field for the 
first time this fall. Victor re- 
leases will he marketed On the con- 
ventional 78 rpm Shellacs together 
with the 45 rpm and 33 rpm disks. 
British Decca was the first English 
label to switch to the long play 
platters which have been gaining 
acceptance rapidly despite the 
relatively high cost of British LP 
players. 



Hope Joins Crosby, Lee 
In ‘Bali’ Score Waxer 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Bob Hope, under an exclusive 
wax pact to Capitol Records, has 
been loaned to Decca to te.am with 
Bing Crosby- and Peggy Lee on' a 
six-sided album from ParamOunt’s 
"Road to Bali." Decca made no 
effort to get Dorothy Lamour, co- 
starred in film, since it’s building 
Miss Lee. Chirp switched firom 
Capitol recently and now has 
"Lpver" riding high. 

Last Crosby-Hope album paring 
was decade ago on "Road to 
Morocco"' and was Crosby’s best 
selling filmtune album. Hope will 
dujet with either Crosby or^Lee on 
at least four sides. 


‘Out-of-Town’ Mob 
Bombs Juke Firm 



Minneapolis, July 1. , 

Unable to find any clues to the 
perpetrators, local police advanced 
the theory that "out-of-town rack- 
eteers" Were responsible for a 
bomb being set off in the entryway 
of the Lieberman Music Co., local 
distributors of jukeboxes and other 
coin-operated machines. 

Detective Inspector Charles Weth^ 
erllle told newspapers that "con- 
flicts in distributing the coin-oper- 
ated machines in other cities, per- 
haps Chicago, may be the cause." 
He said there is no. known friction 
among local distributors. 

The bomb was left in the entry- 
way about midnight by two men 
who drove away in an automobile, 
according to witnesses. It blew out 
the glass front of the pinball and 
jukebox firm, shattered five large 
plate glass windows and left a hole 
in the sidewalk about three feet 
across and several feet deep. Police 
said it apparently was dynamite. 
Pieces of the door frame were 
blown across the street and pinball 
machines ' were damaged or de- 
stroyed, but nobody was hurt. 

Officials of the firm could ad- 
vance no reason for the bombing. 
However, It was the second time 
within a month that a violent at- 
tack on the firm had been reported. 
On the other occasion .45 revolver 
slugs were shot through all of the. 
windows. 


Crackdown by the American 
Federation of -Musicians last week 
on the making of foreign recordings 
by maestro Artur Rodzinskl 
brought Into the open* a long-brew- 
ing fight by AFMliprexyxJames C. 
Petrillo to pi^otect American musi- 
cians from the inroads of overseas 
disks'. Move against Rodzinski' is 
seen as the opening gun in a new 
showdown war against wax Imports,' 
whether ' AFM members are con- 
ducting or not, . 

The ban bn Rodzinski, who 'un-' 
der contract to Remington Rec- 
ords, simply extended the AFM 
prohibition applied to several other 
batonists in the last year, including 
Artie Shaw, Tutti Camarata, Andre 
Kostelanetz and H, Arthur Browri, 
conductor of the- Tnlsa Philhar- 
monic. Motive behind the ban' is 
the fact that Eu|:^pean musicians 
work at scales far below the U. S. 
rates and that. AFM members have' 
been losing jobs as, a resdlt of the 
competition with lower-paid musi- 
cians. , ' ' 

In the past, the AlBM put up no 
objections to U. !$. maestros who 
cut mastery abroad;. It was part of, 
the union’s internationar cultural 
exchange program and played an 
insignificant , part in the total 
American market. The adyent of 
long play records, however, saw. a- 
mass influx of European recordlngif 
in the U. S. market, partiqularly in 
the longhair field, which have cut 
seriously into sales of domestic 
recordings.* 

As the initial step, Petrillo is us- 
ing his authority to prevent AFM 
members from going abroad to cquj 
duct forelgn-staffed orchestxW.' 
This ban has been effective up to 
now with all previous prohibitions 
being adhered to. Disk companies 
have not. been willing to buck the 
AFM* ruling since it would .mean 
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Suit Yk Attdr^tf Sisters 


GUY MITCHELL INTO 
PALLADIUM IN JULY 

Further pointing up the role -of 
disks as star makers, Guy Mitchell 
has been booked, into the London 
Palladium for two weeks starting 
July 21. Peter Lind Hayes and his 
wife, Mary Healy, are scheduled 
to wind up their Palladium stand 
on that date,, but. they may be held 
over together with Mitchell. 

Mitchell broke through on wax 
early last year with a succession 
of such hits as "My Heart Cries 
For You," "The Roving Kind" and 
"My Truly Truly Fair.” Most of 
the tunes, were published by Sant- 
L'-Joy, since Mitchell is hooked up 
to the music firm via his personal 
manager, Eddie Joy. 



Hollywood, July 1. 

Lou Levy filed a |500,000 dam- 
age suit against the Andrews Sis- 
ters as .Individuals, in Los Angeles 
Superior Court, seeking protection 
of his interests as 25%^ owner with 
the Andrews Sisters in the Eight- 
to-the-Bar Ranch, Inc. Levy is 
asking for a complete accounting 
of monies allegedly diverted since 
January and an injunction to re^ 
strain them from rendering their 
seiwices to any employer but the 
corporation. 

This action is sepaltate from his 
legal move a few weeks ago in 
which he asked they be removed 
as directors of the corporation and 
that the corporation be placed in 
receivership. New suit -charges 
they diverted, substantial earnings 
which belong to' corporation. Levy 
asked the court to set aside recent 
default judgment of $157,630 
against the corporation in favor of 
sisters as individuals. The judg- 
ment was granted by default when 
trio, as majority stockholders in 
the corporation, declined to an- 


Coast AFH Bails 
Fore^ Tracks 

Hollywood, July 1. 

Mu.sicians Local 47 exec board, 
in anticipated crackdown on telepix 
producers and nets, has adopted 
motion nixing members of union 
from in any way taking part in- 
work on foreign tracks, bridges 
and cues. At Santa Rarbara recent- 
ly, American Federation of Musi- 
cians took up resolution asking 
member of Congress to intro bill 
to prohibit importation of such 
tracks, and AFM’s board is now 
studying resolution.. . 

Tunestors have been consider 
bly worried -for some time becauM 
telepix producers are using for- 
eign tracks insteads^ Uve musi- 
cians, and. this wjl l^^ hind move 
of Local 47 to to rescind 

fixed 5% format but' proxy 

James C. Petrillo that drive. 

Board aljto pr%enU members 
from cutting muHc .‘sound track 
into telefilm; acting in advisory, 
capacity on such tracks; woi'king 
in stations and selecting recorded 
Incidental music for live AM or 
TV shows. 


I 


PUBS BID FOR RIGHTS 
TO ‘CALLAHAN’ THEME 

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London, July 1. 

A group of American publishers,, 
including Bourne, Southern and 
Leeds Music, are currently bidding 
for the rights to the theme music 
of the Peter Cheney legit detectiYi|^ 
drama, "Meet Mr, Callahan,” 
Tune,' written by Eric Spear, is 
being touted as the successor to 
the "Harry Lime Thefiie’’ in the 
pic, "The Third Man." 

It’s understood that Leeds has 
the inside track on acquiring the 
tune’s U. S. rights. Tune is being 
published in Britain by Dave Toff. 


It’s JCoffs first since exiting as 
.swer action they brought as in- | liead of Southern Music’s office in 


dividuals. 


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RIAA Project to SjM^ Disk Biz 


■ '3CH'^ move to buclc tRe anticipated +' 
eummor slowdown^ major diskers 
Rave initiated heavy promotional 
campaigns and giveaway deals to 
maintain sales'- at a steady level. 
Special merchandising lehemes 
have been ntilia«d attcceaafuUy for 
the past couple of years and re* 
tallers have been using the hot 
weather period to pick up bargains 
oh standard merchandise* 

Columbia Records has come up 
with a special merchandise pack* 
aglngi program for its dealers. Un- 
der its new plan, retailers will be 
able to biiy selected groups of sin- 
gle platters in both the longhair 
And pop-hillbilly fields of a “two* 
Tor-three” basis. The packages have 
been preselected by Columbia, and 
will comprise standard selections. 
Other diskeries, including Mercury 
and M-G-M Records, are also using 
similar deals for sales bait, 

RCA Victor has already pencilled 
in the heaviest advertising schedule 
in its history for a third-quarter 
period. Campaign will cover Vic- 
tor’s full line, including video, 
radio and disks, and will blanket 
the national mags and radio-Ty 
media. 

The whqle disk industry, mean- 
time, is setting up a cooperative 
advertising and publicity campaign 
to be launched in September. Proj- 
ect has been mapped by the indus- 
try promotion committee of the 
recently-formed Record Industry 
Assn, of America to sell dlsjts to 
the public. Campaign will be 
financed through members of the 
association setting aside a certain 
percentage of their advertising 
Budgets. 


Brit. looters Dofy Ban 
On Jazz Concert After 
Union Nixes U.S. Musicians 

London, July 1. ‘ 
’‘''’a group of union musicians de- 
fied a Musicians Union ban when 
they appeared with American 
music men at a Jaw concert Satur- 
day (28) at Festival Hall. Union 
members who went on despite ban 
were Ronnie Simpson’s orch and 
blues singer George Melly; They 
appeared with the George Webb 
combo which comprises union and 
non-union musicians. Singer Neva 
Raphaello, who holds a Variety 
Artists Federation card, also par- 
ticipated. 

While a similar situation was 
developing last year, the National 
Federation of Jazz Organizations, 
who sponsored the concerts, with- 
drew the foreign artists and made 
It an all British show. This year 
they stood firm and went ahead 
with the engagement of pianist 
Ralph Sutton and singing-guitarist 
Lonnie Johnson. Two British 
bands maestroed by Humphrey 
Littleton and Keith Christie had 
been booked to appear With the 
Americans. 

Apart from their consistent at- 
titude towards American mu- 
sicians because of the refusal of 
American Federation of Mu- 
sicians to agree to reciprocity, the 
main beef of the MU Is that both 
the NFJO and Ministry of Labour 
Axed up the' .‘permits over their 
heads and thbte'.was no oppor- 
tunity for -jpipior consultation. 
Hardie Ratclii^e; the MU general 
secretary told.rVAWETY last week- 
end that the first communication 
received from the NFJO came to 
him last Wednesday. He wrote on 
Friday (27) confirming the .bar 
on his members working with 
foreign musicians, and advised the 
organization that If the two Amer- 
icans worked on Saturday, none 
ot tlie British" musicians would be 
allowed to appear In the second 
concert on the Monday (30) irre- 
spective of whether or not any 
foreign artists were used. 


Philly Orch Ends Season 
With $20,300 Deficit 

^ Philadelphia, July 1. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra 
ended its 19521-’52 season with a 
deficit of $20,300, Orville H. Bul- 
litt, president of the Orchestra 
Assn., reported at tlie group’s an- 
nual meeting. 

Bullitt told the association mem- 
ber’s that the orchestra last season 
had conducted no > public appeal 
for sustaining funds, although a 
few friends had come forward 
with generous gifts. 


Ray’* Other ‘fry’, . 

• Cleveland, Julj^ 1. 

The^“Cry”- heard at tlie welcome 
party for Johnnie Ray waa not the 
musical type when the Cleveland 
Phonograph Merchants and Colum- 
bia Records honored the singer at 
the swanky Beechmont Country 
Club. 

The sob* began when Ray«failed 
to mingle with the assembled 
guests, including disk jockeys, etc. 
They grew louder when the pub- 
lic address system konked out, 
leaving such vocalists as Harry 
Belafonte, Billy Shepard, the 
F()ur Lads, Paul Wliite. ' Buddy 
Greco and Lee Sullivan without an 
audience, and they reached a cres- 
cendo when Bill Randle was uitro- 
diiced as the “greatest disk jockey 
in the city,” 

Ray was subsequently honored as 
“King of the Records” and given a 
plaque for putting new life in the 
record business. 


Duboime^ASCAP 



Petition by Perry Alexander, 
Dubonnet Music headj for afnend- 
Ing the American Society of Com- 
posers, Authors and ‘ Publishers 
antitrust decree has- been set for 
hearings on Oct. 21 by Federal 
Judge Henry Goddard, Alexander 
is asking the court to amend the 
ASCAP decree to block the pix 
company music siibsids from ex- 
ercising any control in ASCAP mat- 
ters. 

Case was referred td Goddard 
because of the latter’s participa- 
tion in the original antitrust hear- 
ings against ASCAP, Goddard said 
that his adjournment of the hear- 
ings on Alexander’s petition to Oc- 
tober did not imply any recogni- 
tion by the court that Dubonnet 
has any place in a ease involving 
amendment of the XSCAP decree. 

Previous court rulings have indi- 
cated that individuals ‘cannot ap- 
peal for modification of the decree. 
Such amendments can only be pro- 
posed through the channel of the 
Department of Justice which orig- 
brought the action against 
ASCAP. 


BestBritith SiMt Sellers 

(Week ending June 21) 
London, June 23, 
Auf Wiederseh’n ..... Maurice 
Blacksmith Blue* . , , . Chappell 

Never F.p.«H. 

Ay-round The Corner. . . .Dash 
Won’t Live in Castle . Connelly 
Tell Me Why. ....... . .Morris 

There’s PawnsRbp . .Ctoephonic 
Wheel of Fortun#. iv, Victoria 
Blue Tango. . .Mills 

Cry ' . . .F,D.&H. 

Be. Anything Cinephonic 

Unforgettable . . . . .Bourne 

Second 12^ 

** • 

Kiss of Fire Duchess 

At Last .Pickwick 

,,Be Life’s Companion. .MorHs 
Gandy Dancers' Ball., Disney 

A Guy Is a Guy Leeds , 

Anytime Vicldria 

Slow Coach Sterling 

Dance Me Loose Magna 

Saturday Rag Fields 

Homing Waltz Heine 

Mistakes Wright 

Please Mister Sun . . , Chappell 


Deeba’s New Longhair 
Series 16 Back breads 
Of Indie Long-Play 

In a move to buck tlie inroads 
being made by the Indie label com- 
panies in the long-play classical 
disk field, Deoca Records is launch- 
ing a new series of longhair re- 
cordings. Series, which’ll be de- 
voted to the shorter classical 
pieces, will be placed in the disk- 
ery’s Gold Label catalog. 

Initial release Includes waxings 
made In the U.S. of works of Beet- 
hoven played* by Joseph Fuchs 
and the Little Orchestra Society; 
selections of Puccini, Verdi, Char- 
pentier and Bizet played by Cama- 
rata and hi« orch, 

Decca has also tied Up with 
Deutsche Gramaphone, ■ German 
diskery, to release its etching in 
the new series. Included in the 
preem release " will be waxings 
made by the Berlin Philharmonic, 
the Munich Philharmonic and the 
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra of 
selections by Mendelssohn, Weber, 
Strauss, Rossini and Liszt. Decca 
is prepping a big promotional and 
exploitation push on the series. 


Kern-Hammerstein Night 

The first Kern-Hammerstein 
Night in Stadium Concerts’ history 
is skedded for July 12 at Lewisohn 
Stadium, N. Y. Frederick Dvonch, 
pit conductor of the legit musical, 
“King* and I,” will lead the orch, 
Jane Pickens, Carol Bruce, David 
Poleri and William. Warfield will 
be guest soloists. 

A concert version of “Show Boat” 
will be given on the second half of 
the program. 



.Hr HERM SekORNFilib. 


Bell Siatera-Menrt, Bene Orch: 
“Hang Out the Stars”-“Wise Lit- 
tle Echo” (Victor). BeU Sisters, 
Victor’s juve duo, are solid envies 
in the “hew sounds” sweepstakesf. 
“Stars” is one of those surging, 
more- than -slightiy noisy sides 
which packs plenty of wallop; ac- 
cording to current market require- 
ments. Henri Rene’s background 
is particularly tricky on this side. 
Reverse is a change-of-pace slow- 
tempoed item which serves as a 
pleasant pretext for the use • of 
echo chamber effects; 

Fran Warren: '‘What Is This 
Thing Called Love”-“Wish You 
Were Here” (M-G-M>. This work- 
over of the Cole Forter standard, 
“What Is This Thing Called Love,” 
is a big mistake. It’s in the Feggy 
Lee “Lover” genre but this side is 
even more pretentiously artificial 
with little genuine excitement to 
compensate for the butchering of 
the melodic line. Fran Warren 
registers much better on the re- 
verse with a sensitive rendition of 
the title song of the” legit musical, 
“Wish You Were Here.” 

Sunny Gale; “I Laughed at 
Love” - “Father Time” ' (Victor). 
Sunny Gale, who broke through 
with “Wheel of Fortune” on the 
Derby label, gets excellent show- 
casing on this initial disk for Vic- 
tor. “Laughed at Love” is a stand- 
out rhythm ballad that’s vividly 
projected via Miss Gale’s metallic 
pipes and a solid orch and vocal 
background. “Father Time” is a 
less impressive side but Miss Gale 
again belts in arresting style. 
Ralph Burns orch laccomps, 

Kay Starr; “Fool, Fool, Fool”- 
“Kay's Lament” (Capitol). -“Fool” 
is A routine rhythm and blues 
entry which Kay Starr rides with 
her usual stylistic attack. It’s an 
okay .rendition but this side lacks 
the necessary novelty to make any 
noise. “Kay’s Lament” is. in a 
similar groove and might catch on 
in specialized juke situations, but 
has little appeal for the straight 
pop spins. 

Vic Damone: “RQsanne”-“Take 
My Heart” (Mercury). “Rosanne” 
is a lovely ballad which gets its 
top chances with this Vic Damone 
cut. Dumone pipes it with an im- 
usual lyric quality and gets rich 
backing from a chorus and Nor- 
man Leyden’s orch. “Take My 
Heart” is in the big ballad genre, 
and Damone is again in top vocal 
form with an appropriately 
schmaltzy rendition, 

Don Cherry: “Pretty Girl”-“My 
Name Is Morgan but It Ain’t J. d*.” 
(Decca).’ “Pretty Girl” is a cute 
piece of material, in the Calypso 
vein, with chances for a mid-hit 
position. Cherry bounces the 
clever lyric brightly with a good 
guitar background. “Morgan^’ is 
an oldtime music hall number too 


P'smEfr 10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines week of June 28 


I 1. HERE IN MY HEART (6) 


f 3. DELICADO (5) (Witmark) 

4 . 

5 . 


• & AUF WIEDERBEHN SWEE^f HEART (2> - (Hill-B) 

4k • *• . , 

II 7. LOVER iZ) (Famous): 

S. FM TOURS (8) (Algonquin) . 


I 9. I’LL WALK ALONE (10) (Mayfair) 


t 10. 


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2 . 


(Mcllin) Martino BBS 

}Tony Bennett Columbia 

KISS OF FIRE (9) (Duchess) ImUy^Eckst^e - 


) Tony Martin Victor ^ " 

[Percy Faith Columbia 

/ Stan Kenton Capitol ‘ ^ 

WALKIN’ MX BABY BACK HOME (6) (DeSylva-B-H) Johnnie Ray Columbia 

Half as much (3)[ (Acuff-R) Rosemary Clooney Columbia 


etooor********* 


I Vera Lynn London Z 

{Eddy Howard Mercury 

Peggy Lee-G. Jenkins . . . .Decca 

J Don Cornell Coral " ^ 

) Eddie Fisher Victor -- 


j Don Cornell Coral 1 

(Jane Froman Capitol + 

MAYBE (1) (Robbins) p. Como-E. Fisher Victor 


Second Group 


+ BLUE TANGO (18) (Mills) 


-t t t ♦ t » •» -J * 


V » t 1 1 * ^ f f-tt-t-r-ffr ^ 


\ Leroy Andqrson Decca 

I Hugo Winterhalter Victor 

WATERMELON WEATHER (Morris) P. Como-E. Fisher Victor 

BE ANYTHING (fi) (Shapiro-B) I Hotoard Mercury 

( Champ Butler Columbia 

A GUT IS A GUY (9) (Ludlow) Doris Day Columbia 

t WHEEL OF FORTUNE (17) (Laurel) Kay Starr Capitol i 

- BLACKSMITH BLUES (11) (Hill-R) Ella Mae Morse Capitol - 

CARIOCA (T. B. Harms) Les Paul Capitbl Z. 

smoke rings (Amcr-Acad) Les PauUMary Ford ....Capitol 

“ YOU (Republic) Sammy Kaye Columbia 

• “ SUGARBUSH (Sohirmer) Frankie Laine-D. Day .. Columbia 

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (6) (Oxford) Guy MitcheU-M. Miller Columbia Z 

FORGIVE ME (7) (Advanced) Eddie Fisher' Victor 

f ME TOO (Slmpiro-B> Kay Starr Capitol 

T ANYTIME (14) (Hill-R) Eddie Fisher Victor t 

I- [Figures in parentheses number oi weeks song has been in the Top 101 


dated in melody and lyric to mean 
much. 

Helcu O’Couttdll; “Zing a Little 
Zong-“Body ‘ and Soul” (Capitol). 
“Zong,” froip the paramount pic 
“Just^for You,” is a light rhythm 
number with a cute lyric. Helen 
O’Conxxell, however,, warbles it 
with a strong bieat for good impact. 
Dorothy Loudon’s slice for Victor 
is also catchy and should give Miss 
O’ConneU’s version a run for the 
spins. On the Capitol flip, Miss 
O’Connell gives an effective 
straight slice of the standard. 
“Body and Soul,” * 

Alan Dean: “I’ll Forget You”- 
“Luna Rossa” (M-G-M). Alan Dean, 
British singer recently pacted by 
M-G-M, has been obviously Influ- 
enced by the U. S. trend in male 
vocalists. On “1*11 Forget You,” 
he belts in tearfully sentimental 
style Which is okay Commercially. 
Dean is standout on “Luna Rossa,” 
another big ballad based on ’'an 
Italo theme. This is a pounding, 
open-voiced slice with a high po- 
tential. 

Hadda Brooks; “Remember”- 
“I’m Still in Love” (Okeh). Al- 
though Hadda Brooks’ wax output 
has been confined to a relatively 
narrow circle of cognescenti, she 
rates wider play in view of the 
click of other blues singers. This 
is a sample of Miss Brooks’ tricky, 
but tasteful vocal attack. Her 
slice of the Irving Berlin standfurd, 
“Remember,” has a haunting bal- 
lad quality while on '[the flip she 
hits on a straight blues item. 

Herb Lap.ee: “Lonesome and 
BlUe”-“ Alone” (Mercuiy). "Lone- 
some” is a commercial item which 
has been relegated to the blues 
and rhythm field for the most part. 
This slice by Herb -Lance has 
strong chances for the pop field, 
the lyric getting a i>6werful belt- 
ing in a duel between Lance and 
an unbilled femme singer. Lance 
also gives an effective rendition to 
the oldie on the reverse. 

Aime Shelton: “Lili Marlene's 
Lulfaby”-“And the Angels Sing” 
(London). “Lullaby” is a so-so 
piece of material but Anne Shel- 
ton!s open-voiced etching gives it 
impact. It’s not slated for much 
in this market. JVIiss Shelton also 
pipes the standard on the reverse 
in her usual excellent style, Stan- 
ley Black’s . orch backing up 
solidly. 

Platter Pointers 

Tommy Edwards has a strong 
sid6 in “The Greatest Sinner of 
Them All” (M-G-M) . . . Junic 
Keegan gets only fair results out 
of “Walk Away With a Smile” 
(Decca) . . . Another excellent slice 
of “High Noon” by Billy Keith for 
King . . . The Orioles, blues and 
rhythm combo, click on “Getting 
-Tired, Tired, Tired” for Jubilee 
. . Bernice Farks has an okay cut 
of “Walking My Baby Back Home” 
(Seger) . . . Bill Kenny saddled 
with a mediocre tune in “Sorry 
You Said Goodbye” (Decca) . . . 
Jan Garber has a neat slice of “So 
Madly in 'Love,” Roy Cordell vo- 
calling (Capitol) . . . Billy Bowen 
has a clever tune in “Diamond 
Mine in Madagascar” (M-G-M). 

Atlantic Records has packaged 
two, firstrate jazz albums in "Sid- 
ney Bechet and Muggsy Spanier 
Duets” and “Yancey Special,” both 
making collector's items available 
to the general market. Three RCA 
Victor folk artists, Eddy Arnold, 
Pee Wee King and Hank Snow, 
are each showcased in listenable 
“Country Classics” sets . . . Mary 
Small has an okay side in “Im- 
mediately” for jCing . . . Helen 
O’Connell is saddled with a medi- 
ocre item in “One, for the Wonder 
of Your Kisses” (Capitol) . . . Bob 
Anthony arid the Laurie Sisters 
have a good side in “I Can’t Con-, 
trol It” (Derby) . . . Bud Brees, a 
Philadelphia disk - jockey, im- 
presses nicely with - his bouncy 
workover of “Remember Me 
(Deger) . . . Laurie Payne has a 
good versiop of the folk-styled 
tune, “Chimlney Smoke” (London) 

. . . Cliff Steward, and the San 
Francisco Boys give afiother of 
their rousing vocals on “Mandy 
(Coral) . . . Tommy Dorsey orm 
has a smartly tailored side m 
“Deep in the Blue,” Frances Irvin 
vocalling (Decca) , . Another 
okay cut of “Watermelon Weather 
by the Lawrence Welk orch for 
Coral . . . Dinah Washington has 
one of her better sides in “Mad 
About the Boy” (Mercury). . , 

Standout folk, western, vrfigi- 
ous, blues, rhythm, etc.: The Pin^ 
toppers, “The Irish Polka” (Coral) 

. . . Anita Kerr, “A Promise and a 
Prayer” (Decca) . . . Tiny Brad- 
shaw, “Rippin’ and Runnin 
(King) . . . Martha Carson, 
Gonna Walk and Ta^k with 
Lord” (Capitol) . . . 

Slim” “Never Let Me Love’ (Mpr* 
cury) . . . Faron Young, “Foolish 
Pride” (Capitol) 


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TOP TAUNT AND TUNES 


Compiled from Statistical Keports of Distribution 

* 

EncompasHng the Three Major Outlets 

Coin Madines Retail Disks Retail Sheet Music 

as Published in the Current Issue 

for 

■ ■ ■■■ ■■ WEEK ENDING JUNE 28 — 


WOTU: The current comparative sales strength of the Artists and Tunes listed hereunder is 
arHved at 'Under a statistical system poviprisina each of the three major sales outlets enxu 
merated above* These findings are correlated with dxcta from wider sources, which are exclusive 
withi VAHimt. The positions resulting from these findings denote the OVERALL IMPACT 
veloped from the ratio Of points scored: two ways in the case of talent idislcs, coin machines i, 
and three ways in the case of tunes i disks, coin machines, sheet music). ' 


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AKTIST AMD LABE1L TUND 

PERCY FAITH ^Columbia) Dellcado 

AE MARTINO (BBS) Here in My Heart 

JOHNNIE ray (Columbia) •. Walkin’ My Baby Home 

ROSEMARY CLOONEY (Columbia) jioteh-A^e'^*^ 

GEORGIA GIBBS (Mercury) Kiss of Fire 

VERA LYNN (London) ‘^’swTithlSt ^ 

DON CORNELL (Coral) jl’m Yoms"^””* ' 

‘PEGGY LEE-G. JENKINS (Decca) : Lover 

PERRY COMO-EDDIE FISHER (Victor) jKmelon We»+ber 

UEROY ANDERSON (Decca) Blue Tango 

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sales, based on reports obtained 
from leading stores in 12 citf«* 
and showing comparativt sales 
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Rating 

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Week Ending 
June 28 

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It’s FAR Musie 

In order not to (jause confusion 
with the Big ^TDhreo, combine (Rob- 
bins, Feist Miller), Jack Robbins 
and Leonard Feist will call their 
new partnership venture, F&R 
Music. The full names of the part- 
ners, however, will he printed on 
the .sheet music. Leonard Feist 
_S/the son of the Leo Feist, founder 
of the Big Three firm which bears 
tiis name. 

The F^R firm is planning to 
concentrate on educational music 
along with showtime scores with 
activity in the pop field in the 
background. 


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Best Bet on Wax 


Despite the big orch push being 
prepped by the record .companies, 
some name bandleaders are at- 
temptin^to veer away from disk- 
ing pacts so that they can cut their 
own etchings and distribute the 
platters via an indie label. These 
bandleaders claim that orchs are 
still the stepchildren of the disk 
companies and it's to their advan- 
tage to push for theinselves, 

Chie l:^dleader pointed out that 
an orch pactee still has to shell 
out his |)wn loot to hypo a plat- 
ter. Top example of a bandleader 
digging Into his own pocket for 
disk exploitation-promotion is Ray 
Anthony’s recent drive . on “At 


Last." Anthony kicked in with al- 
most ^10,000. The bandleaders feel 
that if it costs that much coin to 
plug a platter etched on a ma- 
jor label, they’re better off in busi- 
ness for themselves. • 

Spearheading the move to^ndie 
orch waxings is Woody Herman. 
Herman, whose pact with M-G-M 
Records recently expired, has been 
holding out on renewing with 
M-G-M or ankling to another disk- 
ery. Meantime, he’s been cutting 
some sides on his own and if the 
initial run-off, platters make any 
noise in the market, he'll distribute 
them on his own label. Orch men 
on the loose or between pacts are 
eyeing the outcome of the Herman 
try. His first platter 'is expected 
to be out within the next couple 
of weeks. 

Disk company execs, however, 
claim that the drive to Indie wax-- 
ing will be limited to name lead- 
ers only. Orchs that’vc yet to hit 
the bigtime are dependent on disk- j 
ei^ backing and distribution. Only ' 
flaw here is that the majors are 
signing few of the young name 
leaders. In' some cases the new- 
comers have Shelled out their own 
loot to wax masters on a gamble 
that the .master-s and the orch will 
be. picked up by a record company. 

'One such gamble that paid off 
recently was Tony Aquavlva’s who 
shelled out a hefty sum to wax a 
couple of masters. Last week 
M-G-M Records bought the Aqua- 
viva sides and inked him to a long- 
term pact. Diskery is also prep- 
ping a big drive on the initial sides 
which’U be released next month. 


Publishers and record company 
execs are looking to I+atln-Amcri-' 
can siyled. tunes to 'birjr tbe bix 
through the j^unimc);.. TK 
ho (Upbeat in. Latino numbers ha* 
developed when the U, 45. pop out-^ 

put was at a low ebb and they’ve 
managed to Instill life into the 
music Industry uniil the big hit 
came along. Music men cite the 
resurgence of soutli-ofv^th.e-border 
items during the Broadcast Music, 
inc. « American Society of Corn* 
posers, Authors and Publisher* 
war more than a decade ago as a 
top example of Latino number* 
keeping the music indui^ry hio^^ 
ing. It was then that "Frenesi”' and 
"Besame Much©’’ broke out. 

During the past few months the 
chile number* again have been 
dominating the market. Such: 
Latino - flavored . tunes a* 
"Kiss of Flre,^ "Delicado," "Mi 
Capital,” "Poinciana” and *^ora 
Than Love” have been getting a 
big , push on both pub and ’ disker 
level*. Many of the Latino stand- 
ards are also due for a revival 
drive this isununer, R R, Mark* 
Music, for instance, set* new disks 
on the fave "Peanut Vendof” and 
are propping a big campaign. Tun* 
was cut by Dean Martin, for Capi- 
tol Records and Ralph Marterie’i 
orch on the Mercury label. 

Pubs are also getting plenty of 
play on ih^r Latino catalog in that 
European market The chila 
rhythms are steady clicks in Eng- 
land and the Continent and have 
been riding hi^ for the past 10 
years. In Pr*ni(?e, for example, 
"Voyage a Cuba" (French tag for 
Irving Fields* Miami Beach 
Rhumba) has been covered by 27 
different waXlngs. < 

In the drive to get more Latino 
songs on the tJ. S. market, pubi 
are digging into Brazil for Baiao- 
styled tunes. It’s a new Brazilian 
rhythm with a syncopated quality 
that fits easily into current pop 
tastes. Although -^'Blue Tango" is 
the work of .^erlcan composer, 
Leroy Anderson, It, too, follows 
the Latino pattern, and has been 
a solid click for the past four 
months. The Decca etching of 
"Blue Tango" recently passed th* 
1,000,000 mark. 


Schwann Infringement 
Suit Ys. Goody Settled 

W. Schwann, publisher of a long 
playing record catalog, wrapped up 
his copyright infringement suit 
against Sam Goody, N. Y. record 
retailer, last week in N. Y. Federal 
Court when Goody agreed to settle 
the action by agreeing to pay dam- 
ages and counsel .fees. Action, 
stemming from Goody’s distribu- 
tion of a disk catalog similar to 
that of Schwann’s, was due to come 
up for trial in October. 

Federal Judge Vincent L, Lie- 
bell also granted a permanent in- 
junction against Goody, barring the 
defendant from advertising or dis- 
tributing his catalog. Although 
Goody denied pirating Schwann’s 
catalog, the N. Y. retailer discon- 
tinued selling his catalog when the 
suit was Initially filed late last year. 


Tecimkality Results 
In Duniissal of Mellow 
Try’ infringement Suit 

Throu^ a technicality, the suit 
of Mellow Miisic against Central 
Songs and Capitol Records alleg- 
ing that the tunc, "Try," infringed 
on "Cry," was dismissed in N. Y. 
Federal Court last week. Action 
was dismissed on the ground that 
Mellow Music, operated by Perry 
Alexander, failed to annex copies 
of the sheet music of both songs to 
the complaint. 

With no recent case invloving 
this point having occurred recent- 
ly, music industry lawyers wer* 
particularly interested to lesma 
whether the rule — ^that sheet music 
In infringement cases must be at- 
tached to the coirfplaint--Hrtill pre- 
vailed in Federal* Court. Federal 
Judge Thomas F;^Mdrphy gave no 
opinion in the case but gave a 
memorandum rullnS-that the mo- 
tion by Capitol to diimis* the com- 
plaint for failure to Attach th* 
sheet music was granted. Alex- 
ander can bring the suit again by 
amending the complaint by attach- 
ing copies of both songs. 

"Try’’ was recorded by Stan Fre- 
berg as a gag disk for Capitol after 
Johnnie Ray’* cUck on Columbia 
Records with "Cry." 


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Cugat Troupe SetRor 
Id European Junket 

Xavier Cugat has l^eeri pacted by 
French promoter Jules Borkon for 
a European tour beginning in F€?b- 
ruary, 1953. ‘ Pact, which wa* 
inked in New . York recently, calls 
for a 15-wcek trek at a guarantee 
against percentage. Although the 
dates have not yet been set, tour 
is expected to tee off in Paris the 
last week in February. 

Tour will be the Latino leader’* 
initial European venture. He’ll 
travel with a company of 30. Bor- 
kon also handled Duke Ellington’* 
European trek in 1950. 












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On the Upbeat 


Nfcw York 

George ShtMtUkg into Birdland, 
N y July 3 for three -weeks . , . 
I^at (kinr) Cole opens at the Tif- 
fanv Room, Los. Angeles, July a 
for Wee week^r . , . Billy May orch 
jnto the Steel Pier* Atlantic City, 
July 11 . . - Jferi Sootherji begins 
a two-week engagement at the Wil- 
lows Room, Rochester, N, Y., July 
7 . , Johnny Jarvis* 'singing ac- 

cordionist, at the President Hotel, 
Atlantic City, ior the summer . , . 
Sammy Kaye oi-ch booked to play 
for the Republican’s convention 
eve celebration at the Conrad Hil- 
ton Hotel, Chicago, July 6. 

Symphony Sid’i All Stars into 
the Ebony Club, Cleveland, June 
30 for one week . . .lElliai Lawrence 
orch, currently at the Hotel Stat- 
ler, N. Y., opens at the Paramount 
Theatre, N.Y„ July 23. 

Sol y aged’s Jazac Trio back at the 
Aquarium Restaurant, N. T. . . , 
Alan Dean into the Ranch House, 
H. L, for one week beginning June 
29 , . . Ermll Gamer opened a 
three-'week engagement at the 
Embers; N, Y., June 30 . . Ella 

Fitegerald into the Club <86, 
Geneva, N.. Y., June 50. 


Chicalto 

Disk jockey show finally made 
it at the Chicago when Frankie 
Laine pulled out of July 18 date. 


Howard Miller, Marty Hojran, Jim 
Lounsberry, and Frank Reynolds 
will emcee lineup of Toni Arden, 
ErroU Garner, and Bobby Wayne , . . 
Ray^ Cura has been set at the 
Turninn, Sioux City, Friday (4), for 
two weeks . . . Mary Mayo chirps at 
the St. Anthony Hotel, 'San An- 
tonio, July 10. Connee Boswell 
has a week at Chesaning, Mich., 
Monday (7). 

Betty Reilly inked for the Baker 
Hotel, Dallas, Aug. 4... Chuck 
Cabot batons at Balinese Room, 
Galveston, July 17 indefinitely. . . 
Roy Eldridge and Coleman Haw- 
kins settle down at the Capitol 
Lounge July 20 for six w^eeks . . . 
Jimmy Dorsey picks up the Aug. 8 
weekend at Edgewater Park, De- 
troit . . . Jan Garber has a week at 
the Forest Park Highlands, St. 
Louis, Aug. 1-: . .Don Grimes back 
at the Baker, Dallas, July 21 until 
Sept. 4. . .Ralph Martetie has a 
frame at Peony Park, Omaha, Aug. 
13 . . .Bill May comes around the 
territoi-y with a weekend Aug. 8 
at Walled Lake, Mich ... Marion 
Morgan has a Canadian engage- 
ment at the Commodore, Windsor, 
July 28 for two stanzas, . ,Les Paul 
& Mai-y Ford, after headlining the 
Chicago Theatre Aug. 1, go up to 
Radio City, Minneapolis on the 
8th. 

Jerl Soutliem in for 10 days at 
. (Continued on page 46) 



I Aussie Bestsdiers 

Sydney, June 26, 
Ken Taylor, In charge of Mc- 
Dowells Record Centre here, ma- 
jor wax sellers, lists the 10 top 
tunes cuiTently favored in the ter- 
ritory. 

“Cry,” Johnnie Ray; “Little 
White Cloud,” JRay; “Turn Back 
Hands of Time,” Eddie Fisher; 
“Black and White Rag,” Winifred; 
Atwell; “Any Time,’^ Fisher; “La- 
Ronde,” Jan Rosol; “Brdkenrt cart- 
ed,” Ray; “Tulips and Heather,” 
Perry Comb; “Please. Mr. Sun,!’ 
Ray. 


I Petrillo 

- Continued from page 39 — 

that the union would block all 
domestic recordings as well. 

Petrillo’s next move is expected 
to be in the direction of trying to 
halt the virtually free importation 
of foreign recordings. Since these 
are handled mostly by indie, labels 
who do little or no recordings in 
the U. S., the AFM will have to 
make a pitch for CongressionaL 
legislation to block such imports,’ 
except under special circum- 
stances. 

What the AFM wants to elim-- 
inatfi is the .practice of. recording 
“expensive symphonies and com-' 
plete operas through air'checks nf 
European broadcasts. It’s known' 
that some platters have^ been able 
to buy complete longhair works, 
running up to two and thrAe hours: 
in length, for as little as $200. All 
that’s involved is |)aying a radio 
producer of. longhair program a 
sum of money for the rights to 
the broadcast. 

In the Rodzinski instance, the 
union slapped the ban on his re- 
cording in Europe last February 
but the maestro went ahead with 
his conducting in a Vieirna longhair 
group despite the prohibition. If 
the AFM lifts Rodzinski’s card 
and prevents him from conducting' 
the Seattle Symphony next March, 
it’s expected that a court fifdit will 
ensue. ’ j 

Remington Records, meantime, 
is claiming that the AFM is 
criminating against them since it 
has permitted conductors associ- 
ated with other labels to wax 
abroad. Remington 'pointed out 
that, like the major labels, it .also 
does extensive' recoi’ding in this 
country and pays its 5% to the 
Music Performance Trust Fund. 


PWHy Orch Backs AFM 

Philadelphia, July 1. 

Harl McDonald, manager of the 
Philadelphia Orchestra, has lined 
up solidly behind Musicians Union 
president James C. Petrillo in the 
attempt to curtail making of rec- 
ords abroad by American conduc- 
tors and musicians. The Philadel- 
phia manager also revealed. he was 
responsible for Instigating this lat- 
est Petrillo move. 

McDonald said he didn’t favor 
prohibiting foreign recordings, but 
that “he wanted to see American 
symphony musicians protected.” 
His concern stemmed from a visit 
to a music shop in which he saw 
works "that the Philadelphia Orch 
had recorded being offered on for- 
eign waxings that were “-dirt; 
cheap.” ){ 

The imports wer^" made ..abroad,; 
at reduced rates/ ^dDoU&M' 
dared. “Our rninlmuin .sicale fdr* 
two-hour record^pg i s&.ssiob. ! .».is : 
$38.50,” he said. “Topflight conduc- 
tors have been going ‘ to "Vienna 
and Paris where the musicians are 
paid ^6 for a half-day session.” 

McDonald took his squawk to 
Petrillo, pointing out that it might 
cost the PhiUy Orch $8,000 to* 
make a recording, which a foreign 
band taking as much time could 
do for $2,000. 

Vet Hula Maestro 

Back in AFM Fold 

Honolulu, June 24. 

Andy Cummings, one of Hawaii’s 
veteran maestros, fias been rein- 
stated by the musician’s union. He’s 
resumed as leader of Royal Hawai- 
ian Hotel band. 

. Cumramgs was a victim of a 
strike called by the Hotel and Res- 
taurant Workers Union against 
Matson’s three beach hotels. Cum- 
mings was leading Royal Hawaiian 
Hotel orchestra — ■‘until he declined 
to cross a culinary workers* picket 
line. American Federation of Mu- 
sicians prexy James C. Petrillo 
personally ordered the suspension 
and the reinstatement came after 
1 three months. 



The top 30 iongp of weeh fmore in ca^e of tics), based on 
copyrighteii Audience Coverofre Index A Audience Trend Index, 
Published by Office of Research, Inc., Dr. John Gray Pootman, 
Direetpr. AlphabeiicuUy listed, 

H Sttiwey Week of June 20-26 

A Girl A Fella and A Beach Umbrella Valando 

Am I In .Love— t*‘Son of Paleface” Famous 

Anytime HiU & R 

Be Anything (But Be Mine) Shapiro-B 

.Blue Tanga Mills 

Delicado Reniick 

For the Very Firiit Time Berlin 

Forgive Me Advanced 

From the Time You . Say Goodbye Pickwick 

Glorita Life 

Here In My Heart... Mellin 

How Close. ; Life 

I Understand '. . . . Feist 

If Someone Had Told Me Witmark 

I’ll Walk Alone — t“With a Song In My Heart”.... Mayfair 

I’m Confessin* ! Bourne 

I’m Yours '....Algonquin 

It’s a Sin To Tell a Lie ; ; . BVC 

Just a Little Lovin’ Hill . & R 

Just For You rBurvan 

. Kiss of Fire Duchesi 

Lover Famous 

Maybe '. Robbins 

So Madly In Love Shapiro-B 

South Peer 

To Be Loved By You Remick 

Up and JPown Mambo-. , . Life 

Walkin’ My Baby Back Home ^ . BeSylva-B-H 

Watermelon Weather : Mtorris 

Whistle My Love — t“Robm Hood” Disney 

Why Did You loave Me. .Roncom 

. - Second Group 

A Guy Is m Guy Ludlow 

Blacksmith Blues • . HUl & R 

Busybody Alamo 

. Easy Street • Johnstonc-M 

I Don’t Mind * . . . Duchess 

I May Hate Myself In the Morning Laurel 

In the Good Old Summer Time Marks 

Lady Love — t“Sound Off” ... . . r Cromwell 

More Or Less Cosmic 

Once In a W^llp Miller 

Padam Padaih Leeds 

Singin’ In the Rain— t“Singin’ In the Bain” Robbins 

Sleepy Little Cowboy Beacon 

Somewhere Along the Way United 

That’s the Chance You Take Paxton 

There’s Doubt In My Mind Broadcast 

Vanessa^. .' Morris 

West Of the Mountains... Goday 

Wheel of Fortune ,* Laurel 

Where Did the Night Go Chappell 

You’ll Never Walk Alone Williamson 

Top 10 Songs On TV 

A Guy Is a Guy Ludlow 

Be Anything (But Be Mine) Shapiro-B 

Blue Tango Mills 

Gandy Dancei’s’ Ball - Disney 

Here In My Heart Mellin 

If You Go Pickwick 

I’ll Walk Alone Mayfair 

I’m Yours Algonquin 

Kiss Of Fire Duchess 

Hover Famous 

FIVE TOP STANDARDS 

A Wonderful Guy Chappell 

Bye Bye Blues Bourne 

Getting To Know You . . Williamson 

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over Harm* 

Star Dust Mill* 

^ unmusical. * Legit musical. 




43 



Krupa’s Nip Kick 

Tokyo, June 24, 
Along with etching several XT. S, 
standards during hte tour here last 
month, Gene Krupa and his trio 
cut two originals, “Stompin’ On the 
Ginza” and “The Badgers’ Party 
Under the Moon ” plus a treatment 
a two traditlon'al Japanese tunes, 
■"’Moon Over Ruined Castle” and' 
■“Tokyo Express.” Krupa waxed 
the sides for the Victor Recording 
CJo. of Japan in its Tokyo studios. 

Sides will be released both in 
Japan and in the U. S, 



Although the recording field re- 
mains domiiiated by vocalists, 
there’* still plenty of opportunity 
for an/oieh to break through on 
-disks — 'according to Billy May, Cap- 
itol Records orch pactee. The re- 
cordings, May said, was definitely 
part of the combination of factors 
that brought about bis current 
prominence in the danceband pic- 
ture. 

May, who beaded out on a three- 
month One-nighter and . location 
trek last week, said that the im- 
pact made by his initial Cap wax- 
ing* about a year ago convinced 
him that there’s still a big dancing 
[ market around the country. He 
pointed out that there arc more 
bands working this summer than 
in the past five or six year* and 
that the inigority of the orchs have 
wax clicks to their credit. “I don’t 
expect the band -biz to come back 
with the force it had in the- 1930?,” 
he added, “but it's Jiealthler this 
year than It ha* been in a long 
time and it’s mostly due to the 
concentrated effort made by the 
diskerles to build orch properties.” 

Most of the record companies are 
now working tie-ins with the band 
agencies to promote the band’s 
one-niter and location engage- 
ments via a hefty plugging attadc 
on the disk jockey, distributor and 
record retailer level. May believes 
that hi* b.o. power has developed 
strongly through this plugging 
technique and that a bandleader 
has to get around to the jockeys 
and distributors to spark the drive. 
Another strong promotional out- 
let, May added, is TV. “I don't be- 
lieve that a band should take a 
permanent slot on TV,’’ he said, 
“but an occasional one-shot has 
solid ’promotional .values.” 

Because disk* are So important 
in stimulating interest in a travel- 
ing orch. May added ihe bandlead- 
ers should avoid making gimmicked 
or echo-chamber, effect etching*. 

make ah- exciting record,” 
l|e Said, ’“but tba o^h wlU be head- 
;ing fbjpvlots of trouble on the -road 
when Jhi? pubilic tasks for- a rendi- 
tion, * ifikc/the one t on the record.” 

May also jointed to ■ growing 
crop of new yourig sideihen as. an 
Important factor in revitalizing the 
band picture., “There are plenty 
of kids around the country,” he 
added, “who have strong potential 
to develop into top sidemen.” Most 
of them are off the exhibitionist, 
undisciplined kick and willing to 
apprentice and learn, “I’ve 4een 
a lot of them work,” he added, 
“and it wouldn’t' surprise me if the 
maiority of them will be out with 
bands of their own in a few years. 


Coral’s Sumac Album 

Yma Sumac, Peruvian thrush 
whose four-octave range has been 
showcased in a couple of click 
Capitol Records albums, is now 
having her earliest platters pack- 
aged in a set by Coral Records. 
Early Sumac etchings, made in Ar- 
gentina several years ago, was 
made available to Coral via the 
latter's deal with the Latin Ameri- 
can Odeon Records labqL 
Coral is projecting a big promo- 
tion for the Sumac album on basis 
of initial orders from distribs and 
retailers. 


Most of 'the major dUk convP**. 
nies are vi^ering to the old shovi 
biz makim tlu^t two names are het* 
ter than one, ! In an;;.nttfanpt t< 
pull thje di^.|bu*iness out of itt 
spiral, the diskers Rteadlly oou* 
pling their top name* for strongei 
sales impact. 

Recent success of the RCA Vic* 
tor tandem, Perry Como and Ed- 
die Fisher, on “Maybe*^ nnd “Wat- 
ermelon Weather” is spearheadini 
a further push on the two-mam* 
policy. Columbia plans to gei 
Marlene Dietrich, a., recent pactee 
off to a fast start by teaming hei 
with Rosemary Clooney fot Rfej 
Cnl -disk preem. Along the #am€ 
lines Decca paired. Bing CTrosbj 
with Peggy Lee shorBiy ^ter Mist 
Lee ankled Cjapltol for a Dccc| 
pact. Col is- also |>i:^ppiiig, a bi|. 
spla?h for it* new male vocalist 
Jan Ai^en, by etching him ’witli 
his sister, Toni Arden. ' 

The dual name, platters give thi 
diskers plenty opportunity foi 
promotion and there’s plenty oi 
demand from the companies’ dis* 
tribs for the two-name stress. Al- 
though some of the “duo-disks’' 
haven’t been outstanding entriei 
on the retail level, the diskers feel 
that the platter get* more action 
than if it were etched by a single 
artist. 

Some of the disk matings be- 
ing readied for additional sessions 
ai’e Frankie Laine-Doris Day; 
Laine-Jo iStafford; Guy Mitchell- 
Dorls Day (Columbia); Tony Mar- 
tln-Dinah Shore (Victor); Bing 
Crosby- Jane Wyman; Crosby-An- 
drews Sisters; Dick Haymes-An- 
drews Sisters . (D.ecca)j and Alan 
Daie-Connie Haines for Coral, 





Agreeement last week between 
the Songwriter# Protective Assn, 
and the Music Publisher* Protec- 
tive Assn, on a formula to cover 
disputed royalty payments is now 
expected to pave a clear way for 
SPA^s audit of the publishers’ 
hooks. Although initiated last year, 
the SPA checkup was partially sty- 
mied by squawks from several pubi 
which led to the SPA-MPPA nego- 
tiations. 

General opinion among pubs and 
writers is that the SPA-MPPA 
formula, which covers Ave disputed 
years before the hew SPA contract 
went into effect in 1947, is fair and 
workable in apportioning the 
.writers’, share on song mag publica- 
ditors, Ed Trauhner and Dave 
tion royalties.. It's understood that 
pubs who objected to the SPA au- 
Blau, will now waive their ob- 
jections. «, 

, • • ’ * 

4 Bazookai lake Music 

For /Sing^ Conuc' As 
■. Baadi Refuse to Play 

• Philadelphia, July 1. 

Comedian Guy Marks is learn- 
ing that any ' roughhouse routin« 
involving the musicians union 
isn’t likely to be too funny. Marks 
and banmeader Howard Reynolds 
had an altercation during the last 
night of his engagement at 
Palumbo’s. 

Conflicting reports on the scuf- 
fle backstage had Marks claiming 
he merely pushed the maestro, 
while Reynolds said the comic 
’threw , an unfunny haymaker at 
him. Dispute started when the 
band played . Marks’ finale music 
to get him Offstage. odMarks said 
he was on only 12 minutes; Reyn- 
olds averred- the comedian had 
been on 45 minutes. 

Reynolds tdok the complaint^to 
Local 77, AFM, and when Marks 
opened at Ciro’s last week, Ned 
Brill’s band refused to play for 
him.' Marks is doing his comedy 
and Impressions to the backing of 
four bazooka players, all friends 
who came to his aid. Although 
caught in the middle, Ciro’s is 
honoring contracts of both the 
comedian and the tooters. Band 
plays for the dancers whed Marks 
is off. 



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Although * ilock of Nat (King) Cole’* Ci^pitol records currently on 
release gives co-hlUing to -the Billy May orehr orch leader doesn’t come 
in for any share of the royalty take. Platters were cut almost a year 
ago before May, who then did the orch hackings for the Cap artists, 
broke out as an important hand entity. Diskery, however, is cashing 
in on his recent upsurge, by giving, him the co-billing. Most recent 
Cole-May release Is "Walkin’ Hy 'Bahy Back Home” backed by ‘ JFanny" 

Pfc, Vic Damone,. who recently returned from Germany to wax 
recruiting disks for the Army, is moving out fast on the first Mercury 
Eecords platter etched since his return. Pamone cut 'Take My 
and “Rosanne” for the diskery and the platter topped 45,000 $ale$ m its 
first three days on the market. 

Opening of the Warner Bros. “Where’s Charley?” pic at the Music 
Hall, N. Y., last week has cued Decca’s revival of a tune from the 
original legit score, “Once In Love With Amy.” Ray Bolgerri star of 
both of the legit and pic versions of “Where’s Charley?,” waxed the 
tim^ At4he same time, E. H, Morris, publisher of the legit score, is 
planning aiibbher drive on the “Where's Charley?” tunes, including 
*‘My Darling, My Darling,” the original plug ballad. 

Decca is also reissuing an etching of “Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, 
Nellie,” by Bing Crosby and Mary Martin In conjunction with the 20th- 
Fox, pic at the same time. Number was sliced by Crosby-Martin in 
1942. 


Major Diskers Covering 
Femme Air Force Tune 

Record companies are going all 
out on “The Girls Are .'Marching,” 
tune which is currently being used 
in the drive to recruit women in- 
to the U. S. Air Force. Song was 
etched initially for the Air Force 
by Pfc. Vic Damone who was 
brought back from Germany a 
couple of weeks ago for the ses- 
sion. 

Since then Damone has cut it 
for Mercury and the rival diskers 
have hopped ort with covering 
platters. Already lined up for re- 
lease on the song are The Mari- 
ners for , Columbia; Hugo Winter- 
halter for RCA Victor; and LeRoy 
Holmes for the M-G-M labels Tune 
was penned by Jule Styne, Betty 
Comden and Adolph Green. 


Buddy Laine Into Rice Hotel 

Houston, July 1. 
Buddy Laine and his orch, a 
newcomer to the area, opened on 
Thursday (26) at the Empire 
Room of the Rice Hotel here. 

. Elaine Foreman is vocalist with 
band. 


Stellman Wants 

ISngar Blues’ for UJK. 

London, June 24. 
Marcel Stellman is due in N. Y. 
Friday (4) to negotiate the sale 

of U. S. rights to “Sugar Blues,” 
a British gimmick disk waxed by 
Frank Ross (4e La Pierre). 

Disk, which is released in Britain 
on an. indie label Melodise, is 
Ross’s first recording in .about 30 
years in show biz. A 12-piece band 
does the backgrounding. Clarence 
Williams wrote and published the 
tune In the U. S. 


Monroe’s Summer Tour 

Following a month’s vacatiorji 
through June, Vaughn Monroe hits 
the road again with his band to- 
morrow (Thurs.), Monroe is booked 
through July, with August dates 
still being pencilled- in. The trek 
will take him through New Eng-^ 
land, Canada, Michigan and some 
eastern states. 

Monroe will return to N. Y. in 
September, when he goes into the 
Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-As- 
toria Hbtel for the -entire month, 




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Disk Comiiitmes* Best Selleirs 



I CAPITOL artist 

:: L TAKE MY HEART A1 Martino 

I NEVER CARED 

7. %. IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME. . . .Les Paul-Mary Ford 
SMOKE RINGS , ^ . 

1 'I’M CONFESSIN’ Les- Paul-Mary Eord I 

'' " ‘ gar'Iomda ' 

- 4. 'WALKIN' l^Y BABY BACK HOME. .Nat (King) Cole - 

FUNNY,.'; ' . - 

^ ’ S. WHEEL OF- FORTUNE Kay Stari* ^ 

:: I WANNA LOVE YOU 

COLUMBIA 

1. BOTCH- A-ME Rosemary Clooney 

ON THE FIRST WARM DAY 

- Z. HALF AS MUCH Rosemary Clooney | 

POOR WHIP POORWILL 

- 3. WALKIN’ MY BABY BACK HOME. Johnnie Ray -4 

GIVE ME 'TIME . . 

4. DELICADO Percy Faith f 

:: FESTIVAL 

5. HIGH NOON Frankie Laine f 

BOCK OF GIBRALTAR 

« « 

- CORAL 

- 1. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END Don Cornell 4 

^ : I CAN’T CRY ANYMORE 

- 2l AUF WIEDERSEHN,’ SWEETHEART .... ..Ames Brothers f 

:: BREAK BANDS THAT BIND ME 

” 3. I’M YOURS Don Cornell 

MY MOTHER’S PEARLS 

■' 4. RHODE island REDHEAD Teresa Brewer 

EN-THUZ-E-UZ-E-AS-M Eileen Barton 

:: K. CRAZY CAUSE I LOVE YOU Ames Bros. 

STARDUST 


Leroy Anderson hk 

•<- 

Peggy Lee-G. Jenkins -- 


t DECCA' 

1. BLUE TANGO 

:: BELLE OF THE BALL 

" ' ». LOVER 

^ ' YOU GO TO MY HEAD 

:: 3 . GOD’S LITTLE C ANDLE . . . . Red Foley- Anita Kerr Singers 
SOMEBODY BIGGER THAN YOU AND I 

:: 4. BLUE TANGO Guy Lombardo J 

AT LAST. AT LAST 

- 5. I’M YOURS Four Aces t 

I UNDERSTAND ^ 

« >■ 

” MERCURY 

.L 1. -KISS OF FIRE Georgia Gibbs t 

^ A LASTING THING 

I 2. BE ANYTHING '..-. . .Eddy Howard 4 

_ SHE TOOK 

J 3. ONCE IN A WHILE . Patu page t 

;; I’M GLAD YOU’RE HAPPY WITH SOMEONE ELSE 

- 4. AUF WiEDERSEHN SWEETHEART Eddy Howard 

:: I DONT WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE 

- 5. TAKE MY HEART .Vic Damone - 

ROSANNE 

t M-G-M 


.. 1. HOLD ME CLOSE TO YOU Billy Eckstine " 

IF THEY ASK ME 

- 2. WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE. . ... . Fran Warren - 
;;; WISH YOU WERE HERE • . . 

3. KISS OF FIRE ‘. ..Billy Eckstiiie 

NEVER LIKE THIS 

->• 4. SATURDAY RAG Jack Fiha and Orch. -• 

:: SOUTH 

5 , HARLEM NOCTURNE David .Rose, and Orch 

ON A LITTLE COUNTRY ROAD IN SWITZERLAND 

f RCA VICTOR 

. . * . 

H. 1, MA'YBE Perry Como-Eddie Fisher II 

WATERMELON WEATHER ^ 

2. LADY'S MAN : .Hank Snow 

r MARRIED BY THE BIBLE. DIVORCED BY LAW ^ 

3. I’M YOURS Eddie Fisher 

JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ 

4. SLOW POISON Johnnie & Jack ^ 

:: HEART TROUBLE 

5# .>VANi|s.SA Hugo Winterhalter- 

vSQlSi^HERE ALONG THE WAY 


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Britisk Mttsiciaus Uuion 
Sets Dinuer for Davis 

Meyer Davis will be tendered a 
dinner by the British Musicians 
Union in London next Wednesday 
(9). Maestro, who will have three 
orchs on the superliner United 
States regularly,' is making the 
round-trip for the ship’s maiden 
voyage, leaving tomorrow (Thurs.), 
and will conduct £^boa^d. 

He’s also to be guest of legit 
producer Jack Hylton during the 
two days (8-9) in London before 
the return trip. 


Dallas Dates 

^ Dallas, July 1. 

Baker Hotel has signed Jan Au- 
gust for its Mural Room, July 7-19, 
[ succeeding the current Andrews 
! Sisters. Bob Cross orch is being 
held over. 

Nick Lucas has a fortnight, July 
21-Aug. 2, with songstress Betty 
Reilly set for /.ug. 4-16. Ted Lewis 
_ orch and revue are dated for Nov. 
20-29. 


Ray’s Coast pates on % 

Hollywood, July 1. • 
Johnnie Ray' Will ‘play a series 
of percentage jdates' on the Cpa^t' 
Singer has been pacted for the .Fox. 
San Francisco, -week- of Nov. -26 on 
a straight 50-50 Split. House rec- 
ord of $104,000 is held by Martin 
& Lewis. 

Ray has also been set for one- 
nighters at Mission. Beach, San 
Diego, Oct. 17, and • Balboa Ball- 
room, the following- night, both at 
$3,000 against 60%', with house fur- 
ishing a scale, band. . , 


’46 HERMAN CONCERT 


In line with the current upbeat 
around the counti-y, M-G-M is 
hopping on the . bandwagon with 
a forthcoming release of Woodv 
Herman’s 1946 Carnegie Hall 
N. C., Concert. It’ll be issued in 
two albums. 

Besides Herman, albums will 
feature such top jazz exponents as 
Red Norvo, Chubby Jackson. Flin 
Phillips, Bill Harris, Pete Candoli 
and Sonny Berman.- • 

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# - 

Doris Day, Crosby, Cole . 
Top Nip Disk Lists 

Tokyo, June 24 

“Goodnight Irene,” which peo- 
ple back in the U. S. buried 19 
months ago after four months of 
juke, box and radio spins, is still a 
big hit in Japan record sales. 
Doris Day, meantime, holds the 
top slot in waxed- vocal sales, fol- 
lowed clbsely by Bing Crosby and 
Nat (“King”) Cole. 

Hits last longer here than in 
thc'U. S. “Chattanooga Shoeshine 
Boy,” now virtually forgotten by 
most Americans, is . still holding 
its own in the top brackets of the 
hit parade. “If,” a ballad which 
came out about a year ago, also 
Is mdintaining steady sales pace 
here. 


Greenberg: Sues H&R On 
‘Wiedersehn' Copyright 

Abner Greenberg head of Man- 
hattan Music and a music industry 
lawyer, filed suit in N. Y. Federal 
Court this week against Hill Jc 
Range Music and a flock of disk- 
eries, charging that the current 
hit, “Auf.Wiedersehn, Sweetheart,” 
infringes on his copyright. Green- 
berg contended thatr he wrote a 
song titled “Auf 'Wiedersehn, We’ll 
Meet Again” in 1928. 

Greenberg is asking for an in- 
junction, ^ accounting of the 
profits and damages. 

American premiere of the Puc- 
cini Mass taking place in Grant 
Park, Chicago, July 12-13. Prin- 
cipals are Gabor Carelli, Louis 
Sudler ' and . Wellington Ezekial. 


Johnnie’s Sept. Jaunt 

Dallas, July 1. 

Johnnie Ray will be presented 
on a double bill with the Ray An- 
thony orch at th‘e‘ Sky Club here, 
Sept. 26-20. The ‘ Show Will hlso 
play San Anto'hio, ‘ Sept. 22; Hous- 
ton, Sept. 23; ' SlireVep’ort; Sept. 
24, and 'Oklahoma ' City,’ Sepr. '25. ' 

Dale Belmont will emcee the 
local show. 


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genre which has been selling re- 
cently. 

Another In the same, groove is 
Sunny Gale, the metallie-volced 
thrush who clicked with .“Wheel of 
Fortune" for the indie Derby ikbel. 
Miss. Gale is another “new' sounds" 
entry. The Bell Sistprs\ who were 
inked before Kapp’S entry into 

Victor, are again scheduled for a 
big play and their latest etching 
using an echo chamber on one side, 
“■Wise Little Echo," and a hopped 
orchestral background on the 
other, “Hang Out the Star^." Vic- 
tor is understood readying a big 
promotional splash on this cou- 
pling. 

(The fact that it is commercial 
ts, of course, attested to by Jim 
Conkling, prer of Columbia Rec- 
ords, where: business is up, and 
where recording chief Mitch Miller 
has been so successful with his un- 
orthodox style of waxing. Same is 
true with Capitol Records and, in a 
lesser degree, at Mercury in recent 
months). 

Marek, unofficially, Jhas discussed 
matters with the top music pub- 
lishers, expressing wonderment as 
to “where will the ‘standards' come 
10 years hence?", on the- theory 
that the more recent pops have 
been freaks of no particular 
durability. 

Martin Block, of late, has played 
disks such as Sammy Kaye’s “You" 
(based on a “La Boheme^' theme)- 
(Columbia) and expressed surprise, 
“why isn’t this 'way up there; the 

E ublic surely doesn’t Want it all to 
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1 1 “Dcllcado"^39708 1 2 

' AL MARTINO (BBS) ^ “ 

2 2 “Here in My Heart"— 101. 7 4 

JOHNNIE RAY (Columbia) 

3 4 “Walkinr My Baby Home" — 39750 2 8 

VERA LYNN. (London) - 

4 5 “Auf Wiedersehn"- 1227 1 

GEORGIA GIBBS (Mercury) 

5 6 “Kiss of Fire''--^fi23 ...♦ ■« ^ 

LEROY ANDERSON. (Decca) 

6 ' 3 “Blue Tango" — 40220 9. . . 

ROSEMARY CLOONEY (Col) 

7 8 “Half As Much"— 39710 6 5 


DON CORNELL (Coral) 

8 8~ “I'm Yours" — 60659 10 3 

DORIS DAY (Columbia) 

9A 11 “A Guy Is a Guy"— 39673 


TONY- MARTIN (Victor) 

9B 9 “Kiss of Fire" — 20-4671 


EDDIE FISHER (Victor) 
10 10 “I'm Yours"— 20-4680 


ROSEMARY CLOONEY (CoD 
11 “Botch-a-Me"— 39767 /.... 4 .. 


PEGGY JLEE-G. JENKINS (Decca) 

12 13 “Lover"— 28215 3 7 


P. COMO.E. FISHER (Victor) . 

13 13 “Maybe"— 20-4744 8 .. 


EDDY HOWARD (Mercury) 

14 16 “Be Anything"— 5815 9 


ELLA MAE MORSE (Capitol) 

15 14 “Blacksmith Blues"— 1922 


TONI ARDEN (Columbia 
16 12 “Kiss of Fire"— 39737 i. 


JANE FROMAN (Capitol) 

17 A .. “I'll Walk Alone"— 2044 


BOBBY WAYNE (Mercury) 

17B 15 “i'm Sorry"— 5819.'. ♦. .♦ 


DON CORNELL (Coral) 

18 . 15 ““I'll Walk Alone"— 60659.. 


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the Skyway Club, Cleveland, July 
21 . . . Charles Chaney into the Cir- 
cle Club, Dubuque yesterday for 
14 days . . . Duke Ellington does a 
theatre stand at the Seville, Mon- 
'treal, Aug. 21 and follows with 
another one at the Casino, Toronto 
. . . Betty McGuire and her Belle- 
tones contracted for at the "Warren 
Air Base, Wyoming Sept. 5 for two 
frames, . .Terry Gibbs up north to 
the Colonial Hotel, Toronto, Sept. 
25 for two weeks. 

Ran Wlldp pacted by the Gen- 
eral Artists Corporation \ahd' Is 
playing Army Air bases in Texas 
„ , . Mourie Lipscy, Music (Dorp, of, 
America Chicago veepee, heads for 
three-month business and pleasure 
trip in Europe . Beachcombers 
join the Tommy Dorsey show at 
Edgewater Beach July 4 for a 
month and then go into the Park 
Lane, Denver, Aug. 15 for two 


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frames . . , Dolores Hawkins does 
two weeks at Eddys', Kansas City 
July 18 . . . Bobby Wayne follows. 
Beachcombers into Park Lane 
Aug. 29 . . . Benny Goodman into 
Blue Note Aug. 15 for two stanzas 
r , . . Cuban Village switches policy 

- and will be known as Le Bon 
r Chance. 

.Boston 

Jack Edwards orch reopened 
Shelton Roof , . . Ruby. Newman 
returned to Terrace Room, Hotel 
Statler, for summer . . . Dave 
Lester set to baton at Frolics, 

, Salisbiiryi (Beach . . . Saxist Tommy 

- Vitale band returned to Hugo’s 
5;^Lightib^y»^,^ohasset, June 21 for 
3 third ’^Seaisbn . . . Felix Catino re- 
t turned to Lobster Pot, Province- 
c town, June 28, marking his seventh 
5 season there ... Although Gunther 
s Fritx band remains at Hub’s Ba- 
t varian Rathskeller for summer, 
1 fiddler George Marshall received 
c leave of absence to lead group at 
) Marshall House, York Harbor, Me., 

and saxist Bob McKay ditto to join 
Tony Bruno crew at Capt. Peter- 
son’s Cape Codder Hotel, Fal- 
mouth. 

Trumpetman Sylvio Scaff and 
his trio installed at Colonial Room, 
Manomet, for summer . . . A1 Na- 
varro opened at Maplewood, N. H., 
June 27. Spot is operated by man- 
agement of Mayflower, Palm Beach, 
Fla., where Navarro's six-piece 
band^ spent the winter . . , Harry 
Marshard with 15 men off on two- 
week tour of deb parties in "Wash- 
ington, Wilmington, Pittsburgh, 
Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, De- 
troit, New York and Greenwich. 
. . . A1 Vega Trio slated to remain 
at Hi-Hat this summer , , . Mar- 
shard office has set Adrian Zing as 
maestro at Poland Spring Hotel, 
Tommy Girard at Nantucket Yacht 
Club, Bob Taylor at Moby Dick's, 
Nantucket . . . Don A Miguel move 
into Hub Room, Shenaton Plaza, 
where they’!! alternate with Paul 
Clement Trio , , , Allen Smith take* 


over keyboard in Sheraton-Plaza's 
Merry-Go-Round, replacing Neil 
Phillips, who has opened a new 
spot in the White Mountains. 


Kansat City 


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Johnny Pineapple orch and re- 
vue holding currently in the Ter- 
race Grill of Hotel Muehlebach. 

It's a repeat date, the crew having 
been here for the" first time last 
summer . . . Jimmy Nelson and his 
dummies return to Eddys' July 4 
second time in the club. Betty 
Norman will chirp on the same bill 
. . . Tommy Reed orch moved from 
Jung Hotel, New Orleans, to Shep- 
pard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, 
Texas, June 29, 'and back south to 
Pleasure Pier, Galveston, July 11 
for two weeks. 

Dallas 

Andrews Sisters opened two 
frames last week (25) in Baker 
Hotel’s Mural Room; Acts due here 
are Nick Lucas, July 21-Aug. 2; 
Betty Reilly, songstress, Aug. 4-16’, 

revue, Nov. 

. . Sl^ Club’s Johnnie Ray 
dates, Sept. 26-28, will have Ray 
Anthonyjs orch backing. Joe Bonds, 
Sky Club owner, has set Ray for 

I"" Antonio, 
Sept. 22; Houston, Sept. 23; Shreve- 
poi% Sept. 24 and Oklahoma City, 
Sept. 25 . . . Woody Herman orch 
aub°^ ®^e-niter Aug. 29 at Sky 


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N«ro 

Other pitch to ihuilctans Local 47 

i*/ 'board is now 
weighing the proposition, but it’s 

^^^5**^* come 
P^**^*'’ Judging from record 
of^all those made in the past. Negro 
local has tossed many a plan at 47 . 
but they've all ^en stymied, usu- 
^.technicalities; or just plain 

'Chill. 

Benny Carter heads 767 commit- 
tee, and Marl Young presented de- 
tails of pe west. plan to 47. Under 
the proposal, 767 would turn all its 
awets over to local 47, realizing 
that prohlei^ are “In the main 
financial," the committee said. 

Weston (irabs 18 Tunes 
On European Junket 

Hollywood, July 1 . 

Total of 18 published tunes and 
four ' manuscripts were brought 
back from Europe by Paul Weston 
who IS planning early publication 
here. Italy contributed 10 ballads 
including one which is currently a 
hit in both Italy and France. Seven 
songs and the manuscripts came 
from England and in France Wes- 
ton acquired the rights to an in- 
strumental novelty he'll record 
shortly. 

'Yank tunes, ate currently enjoy- 
ing unprecedented popularity in 
Europe, he reported. In West Ger- 
many, American tunes with Ger- 
man lyrics are topping native selec- 
tions. 

Hob, AFM Sponsor Concerts 

(Boston, July 1 . 

Deal has been set by musicians 
local 9 toppers and Hub’s Mayor 
John B. HynCs for a nine-week se- 
ries . of two-hour .concerts at Park- 
man Bandst^d in Boston Com- 
mon. 

City will underwrite four weeks 
of the series, which got underway 
yesterday (30) with the Music Per- 
formance Trust fund paying for the 
remaining five. 


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Atlantic City,” July 1 . 


NX Stale Sets Third 
Hearing on 'AeriaF Law 

Albany, July 1. 

The State Board of Standards 
and Appeals, which held Its second 
hearing here^last week on a pro- 
The 17-story beachfront . Bitz- posed code to supplement the new 
Carlton Hotel 'M’e’jte;;!‘5va$‘Ssold, last Ten Byck Law requiring safety. de- 

■ ^ vices for aerifillsts working more 

than 20 feet, will conduct a third 
hearing July 16.. The .statute be- 
comes fejETective’tddfi'XXT.uej?.). 

Industrial Commissioner Bd ward 
Corsi can Immediately proceed 
witK its enforcement, but there is 
doubt he will do so. The Labor 
Dept., according to a statement 
made at the first hearing, lacks the 
trained personnel to move at once 
in this field. There is also sure to 
be a strong movement by ‘outdoor 
representatives to’ have the law re- 
pealed at the i953 session of the 
Legislature. 


week (26) after riidntliS of negotia 
tions by the J. Myer Schine inter- 
ests for a reported' $3,750,000 

Purchasers, who will take posses- 
sion tomorrow (Wed.), are Harry 
L. Katz and Edward Margolin, own- 
ers of the nearby Ambassador, and 
Albert P. Orleans, a Philadelphia 
builder and contractor. They plan 
extensive renovations including the 
building of a swimming pool and 
a cabana club. , All personnel will 
be retained. 

Katz is co-owner with his 
brother, Emanuel, of the fire-dam- 
aged St. Charles Hotel here and 
the Fleetwood Hotel in Miami 
Beach. Margolin is owner and 
builder of large apartment develop 
ments in the Philadelphia area. 

Schine interests bought the ho 
tel in 1946, price tag at- that time 
being a reported $2,250,000. Deal 


Diego’s Spaghetti Talent Cy En,pi|.j RoOlll'S Swilch 

. San Diego, July 1. >r * I t 

Benny's Spaghetti House, a pop- [O Slip IH LoS toaValdS 
ular eatery on this city’s Broad- * . v / w 

way, has added entertainment in Chicago, July 

its. Florentine Boom. ■ In order to bring Los Chavales 

Don Howard, singing disk jock- de Espana group into the Palmer 
on KSDO here, is emcee and House’s Empire Boom here Sept, 
vocalist with Juan Panelle, piano, 4 for their only other engagement 
and F:fahk Watts, bass, rounding in this country, Merriel Abbott is 



out trio^ 


Kefaurer Quivers Shake 
Ky. Ciuhs, Lookout House 
- Folds, Blames Heat] 


Cincinnati, .July 1. 

Kefauver quivers, which have 

toppled casino and bookie activi- _ 

ties in the Cincy area during recent -headlining' currently and go into the 
months, are extending to the nitery ^ith Noonan & Marshall; 


switching her summer bookings. 
Singers, currently at the N.Y. Wal- 
dorf-Astoria, will end six-month 
stay here. 

In effect, Miss Abbott is elimi- 
nating one’ of her revues by push-' 
Ing current show for five weeks, in- 
stead of four, and also doing the 
same with the next revue. She’s’ 
also doing a very rare thing (for 
her) via extending an act into the 
next bill, Mata & Hari; Latter are 


WILDWOODi N. J., BANS 
‘PEEP SHOW’ AS TENTER 

Frank Sennes’ attempt at being 
a tent impresario in Wildwood, 
N. J., faces some serious obstacles 


belt on the Kentucky side of the 
Ohio River. 

Lookout House, Covington’s ace 
plush cafe, closed temporarily 
Sunday night (29). Jimmy Brink, 
head man, announced that the fold- 
ing was due to slowing patronage 
and a community water service 
shortage which hampered the 
spot’s cooling system,.. 

Lookout House’s latest. bill was 
a three-week engagement of the 


Estelle Loring, and George Pren- 
tice, July 31. 

MINSKY BURLEY IN FALL 
SET FOR ADAMS, NWK. 

The Adams Theatre, Newark, 
formerly an important vaude cen- 
tre and nov on a straight pix pol- 
will return to stageshows in^l 


also Includes adjacent property on which may ultimately force him to Frank Sennes Latlh-American re- 

abandon the project. Sennes. a vue starring Dlosa CosteUo. North- 

operated as a nitery. 




NICK 

LilCAS 

San Diego County'Fair 
Del Mar, Calif. 

July 3 thru July 6 


Bdokec/ by 

HOLLYWOOD THEATRICAL AGENCY 
Ho|lyw»«d 


Cleveland booker, wants to set up 
“Peep Show” in a tent, but the 
city has refused to grant him a 
license because it might create a 
‘carnival atmosphere.’’ Feeling is 


ern Kentucky's oldest class nitery, SMsto'ltUefortlM 
it has presented top names for om I'^sky. it s reported tnat JNew 

“clfnUnSng in operation on the ‘bj production. New- 

outskirts of Newport is Beverly ^Tk already has the Empire on a 


.In Twia Cities 

Minneapolis, .liiiy j 
Except for theatre, bars and . 
few mrnor spots, the Twin Citi« 
with a’ population of around 
000.000, will bo without a.‘y Wstroi 
Placing acts the rest of the slm! 

past 14 year, 
the Kotel Nicollet Minnesota Ter* 
race Is housing the Dorothy Lewis 
ice show for a summer run. Follow 
ing a policy adopted last summer 
the Hotel Badisson Flame Ronm 
is eliminating its floor-show for thp 
heated .period, but will have the 
Bamon Noval band, temporarilv a? 
least. The- latter, a seven-pLce 
novelty and dance combos, opened 
last week and was favorably re. 
ceived. Noval is also a singer. 

One of the town’s most popular 
'eating and entertainment places 
Schiek’s,* has been offering cap’ 
suledymuslcomedies with a cast of 
six singers the past three years 
The city’s '.largest nitery, the 
Minneapolis Flame, presents “mu- 
sical capsules” with a large orch 
and four singers, each show being 
devoted to. a particular composer. 


that opposition.,' of nitery owners Hills, another swank layout, which policy. 


caused the ban .on. the show. 

Sennes is partnered with Dave 
Lodge, a Philadelphia billboard 
advertising man, in the project 
Some months ago Sennes leased 
the “Peep” title from Mike Todd 


is currently presenting a show with 


Opening of the Adams Theatre 
deAroo. & Gee, Tanya & Biagl, bwle^ue wUl mark the first 
Tong Bros., the 8 Lucky Girls, em- Minsky label on T 


marquee in the 

A. V/AA^ VAAW Vf MVeAk.^ >.AAAA».^| \^A 4 A . 4 .^ 'WT t • IV ^ J Y 

cee Art Craig Mathues and Gard- 

ner Benedict’s orch. Mayor Fioreile H. LaGuardia drove 

Smaller Kentucky niteries with form of entertainment by 


and formed a unit which played Tloor-s'hows have dwindled since 


cafes under that label. 

Booker’s immediate problem is 
to get enough dates to keep the 
show‘s together until late -August, 
when he’ll put the unit back on 
the nitery circuits. Otherwise, he’ll 
have to break up temporarily. He 
enlarged this display for the out- 
door stand. 

Acts in the layout include the 
Albins, Valdes- & Lucille, 

Linda Bishop. 


the national anti-gambling crusade 
took root. 


refusing to license theatres for 
burlesque. 

Harold .Minsky instituted a modi 
fied form of hurley some years ago 
when he operated the Carnival, in 
the Hotel Capitol, N. Y., for a brief 
time. 

Presently, the second hurley 
house within easy, reach of New 
Bob Hope has been certified as [York City is the Hudson, Union 
candidate for the- presidency of the | City, N. J. 


HOPE'S CANDIDACY AS 
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WHITE GUARDS 

A . Cireait, Fain 


FOSTER AGEHCY, LONDON, 


American Guild of Variety Artists. 
and I He’ll run against incumbent 
Georgie Price. 

Hope’s nominating petitions 
were received last week by the 
union. There were 250 signatures 
with only 200 required. Ballots 


Wittereid Sets U.S. Line 
For Palm Beach, Cannes 


Niteries Near St, Loo 
Warned on Stag Stuff 

St. Louis, July 1. ing the union time to query all formo7e than a 
St. Clair County Excise Commis- candidates on' their acceptance of n wS?- 5? 


,„471 .XA + 1 , f- A « 1 4 .U f Wittereid, U. S. Impresario 

S' "bo has been ofSeratihg In France 



sloner Ben F. Day, Belleville. Ili;, office in case they’re ele'bted and onen^at’the^Pata’BMrh r^l1nn° 
last week warned owners of niter- also to check th,e validity of slgna- CanncfjSv 12 * ^ ’ 

ies and taverns in the area that tures. tt^ iv. a 

they would be jeopardizing their Deadline for receipt of ballots ican Guild of VarSv 
licenses if they permitted the stag- will be about. 30 days thereafter, cover sMa?v and h-ansLrtJ ?n 
Ing of stag shows. Warning came Honest Ballot Assn, will again su- ^ ° transportation. 

after beefs had been, made that pervise the elections. 

Charles F. Norton, Jr., owner of 


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the Shamrock Club, in East St. 
Louis, had permitted scantily clad 
dancers to perform. 

Norton escaped punishment on 
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Sam Shayon Returns 
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Sam Shayon-, former Fanchon & 


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Saranac Lake 


By Shirley Houff 
Saranac Lake, N. Y., July 1 . 
Bob Harris and wife in to chat 
With Bob Hall who is shoeing 
marked Improvement, 

Edwin E. Rowland received the 
green light and is off to spend the 
summer in New Hampshire. Ditto 
Eddie Stott who lias returned to 
his home in N. Y. 

„ Morris Dworski, bacteriologist at 
Will Rogers, has returned to work 
after several weeks’ illness. 

^ Jdhnny Long orch did a one- 
nighter at Saranac Lake Hotel 
ballroom. 

Birthday greetings to Dr. Wil- 
liam K. Stern. 

Those skedded for surgery in the 
near future are' Ray Van Buren 
Derby. Showing splen- 
did Improvement are Eleanor Aud- 
ley, Helene Baugh, Jack Wasser- 
man. 

This cplumn’s regular, Happy 
Ben way, IS expected to return next 
week after a much-needed rest 
Write to those who are ill. 

Roily Rolls, who winds up at the 
Chicago Theatre tomorrow (Thurs ) 
will plane out immediately in 
order to make a July 7 date at the 
Palladium, London. • ; 


‘Ice Capades" Pacts 3 ‘ 
World Title Winners 

New edition of the 'Arena Man- 
agers Assn.’s ‘“Ice Capades,” which 
goes into rehearsal next month in 
Atlantic City, will have the 1 - 2-3 
world champ skaters in its lineup 
for the first time. 

The three major prizewinners at 
the world title meet held in Paris 
last March have been cornered for 
^is show. Latest to sign is Sonya 
Klopfer, who was runner-up to Jac- 
queline duBief. Virginia Baxter, 
in third position at that competi- 

burned pro recently to 
join “Ice Capades.” 


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with 

Reinita — Rubita — Charley Boy 

JUST CONCLUDED 4 months in Rraxil: Dominican 

SS L Cuba; Th# Arntrican Musicol Club, 

rittsburgh; Copacabana, Montr*al. 

NOW 

PALACE 

NEW YORK 


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See Custom-Built Bills as New Lure 
For Niteries in Headliner Scarcity 


With the scarcity of headliners, 
cafemen must hank on Individual- 
Ized custom*-huilt operations, ac- 
cording to several showmen. Day 
of buying acts on a hit-or-miss ba- 
sis with a talk-over rehearsal is 
over say bonifaces and talent 
agency men. Since the. star attrac- 
tions are not easily obtainable for 
nightclubs, operators feel that 
every act should be built up in 
importance so that featured turns 
can get the benefits of better pro- 
duction trappings. ^ ^ 

Talent agency meft declare that 
unless these steps are taken im- 
mediately by owners 4 II over the 
country, the nitery. business may 
be lost by default. 

According to Tony Cabot, of Ca- 
bot & Michlin, bookeys Of the 
Schlne hotel .chain,,, the bistros 
must compete with ine . Superior 
production seen on, television. Au- 
diences are more crlticall than ever, 
and unless the operator can come 
up with new presentation ^gimmicks 

' (Continued on pa^d' ,'63) 

■ ■ ■ — ' * 

Heat Beats Big Top 

In New Hjly<tj^1Stand 

New Haven,' July 1. 
Playing its annual staUd here 
last Friday (27), RingUngr-Barnum 
Circus ran into the . year’s • most 
brutal heat, result being a light 
matinee and only a- three-quarter 
tentful at night. 

^ Show came in this yeay. under 
sponsorship of West Haven Fire- 
men’s Assn., a new wrinkle for the 
big top hereabouts. It’s a pro- 
cedure which the outfit has been 
following pretty generally under 
canvas for several seasons and ac- 
cording to reports, with' favorable 
results. 


. ... 2 on a Match • 

San Antonio, July I 
The 1952 edition of Dr. Neff’s 
“Madhouse of Mystery” has 
been booked for ^ the Majestic 
Thejitre on two successive mid- 
nights, July 4-'5. There will 
al^o be a spook film, “The 
Spider Woman Strikes Back.” 

Show has been booked for 
other key' Interstate circuit 
. houses throughout Texas. 


Loewis State, Warner Bid 
For B'way Presentation 
Of Fall Tolies Bergere’ 

Doew’s State and the Warner 
.Theatre, both Broadway houses, 
are bidding for the “Folies Ber- 
gere,” which will ' be brought to 
the XT: S. in the fall by its pro- 
ducer, Paul Derval. Derval, prior 
to his departure for France last 
week, inspected the facilities of 
both theatres, ‘ but made no de- 
cision as to which he’ll move into. 

Loew’s State has been devoid of 
stage shows for some years. Loew 
circuit toppers are reported warm 
to any proposition that would spell 
greater boxoffice for the house. 
About a year ago, they were study- 
ing the revue idea, but decided 
against it. It’s believed that this 
is the first proposition being con- 
sidered to lease the house to an 
outsider. 

The Warner Theatre closed early 
last month and the Warner cir- 
cuit has been attempting to un- 
load the property. 



Arenas and auditoriums through- 
out the country are going through 
an extremely tough period. A se- 
ries of crises in many showspots 
has come about for several reasons, 
including the severe competition of 
television, lack of suitable attrac- 
tions and a deepening dej^ession 
in many fields of sports, ^ 

The large arenas for a time be- 
came prosperous eaily in the tele- 
vision days, ’'Video made roller 
derbies, wrestling and minor prize- 
fights popular. These activities pro- 
vided several nights a week at high 
rentals. However, these sports have 
declined in popularity, and hockey 
hasn’t been paying off as it should. 
Basketball scandals of the past two 
years have also cut into the gate of 
that sport, with the result that arena 
ops had to turn to show business 
events increasingly. However, the 
major shows can only hit a limited 
number of cities with the result 
that many auditoriums in smaller 
towns hit a paucity* of rentals. 

This state of affairs has been a 
costly matter to taxpayers in many 

(Continued on page 63) 


La Vie, N.Y., Closes 

In a surprise move, Monte Pro- 
ser’s La Vie en Rose, N. Y., decided 
to shutter- last night (TueS.). De- 
cision was made to forestall any 
Josses resulting from the July 4 
weekend when most of their regu- 
lars will be going out of town, and 
many will stay away for the better 
part of the. summer. Spot is set to 
reopen Sept. 4. 

Adman Milton Blackstone is Pro- 
ser’s backer and dominant owner. 



Despite Opposition to Loal Setup 


LA. Par Sets 3d Bill 

Under Name Policy 

Hollywood, July 1. 

In the third booking under new 
policy of playing stageshows when 
top names are available, the Los 
Angeles Paramount has set Nat 
“King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Don 
Rice starting Aug. 22.- The house 
will furnish the band to backstqp 
this General Artists* Corp. package. 

Other bookings previously set- 
are Xavier CUgat, who tees off the 
policy July 18, and Lionel Hamp- 
ton, Sept. 22. • 


Ohio Sets 60-Day freeze 
On Liquor Licenses To 
Study New Legislation 

Columbus, July 1. 

Ohio Liquor Board last week 
(2*?) slapped a new. 60-day freeze 
on beer and wine permits for car- 
ryouts* and by-the-glass sales in the 
state. , Board acted under “state 
of emergency” declared by Gov. 
Frank J. Lausche on its request. 
Officials Indicated action was ne- 
cessary because flood of permits is- 
sued recently would set a record^ 
if continued. 

Board said it would use the 
treeze period to introduce perma- 
nent regulation which would im- 
pose the freeze indefinitely. New 
applications will be filed, but the 
1,200 now on hand will be ’procr 
essed and permits issued where 
regulations are met. 


Executive Board of the American 
Guild of Variety Artists this week 
voted to go along with the current 
one-card blueprint with certain 
reservations. .-Vaude union is op- 
posed to the scheme on several 
counts in the overall merger plan. 
One major objection by AGVA 
would be the establishment of lo- 
cals, which means fhat organiza- 
tions in each city could act autono- 
mously. AGVA favors the branch 
system whereby all policy matters 
are controlled by the parent organ- 
ization. However, AGVA Will fore- 
go its objections until the merger 
is discussed in convention. 

To further the amalgamation, 
AGVA at the July 17 meet of the 
Associated Actors and Artistes of 
America, parent org of the per- 
former unions, will as]|f that meet- 
ings explaining the merger to the 
memberships of all 4A branches, 
he held In various cities. This se- 
ries of round-robin confabs were 
passed upon several months ago, 
but were never carried out. AGVA 
will ask that these circuit spiel ses- 
sions start as soon as possible. 

AGVA prexy Georgie Price ap- 
pointed himself, Manny Tyler, 
Dewey Barto, and one of the union 
counsel to comprise the committee 
to talk at these meets. Spokes- 
men for the other 4A branches are 
still- to be appointed. 


Dalla<’ New leer 

Dallas, July 1. 

New ice show opening Thursday, 
(3) in the Century Room of the 
Adolphus Hotel is “Shipwreck,’^ 
replacing “Summer in Texas.” 

Dorothy Franej*is producer and 
cast includes Peter Killam, Jack 
Sttand, Julie Jacks, Marilyn Scai> 
borough, Patty Greenup. 



AM PLEASED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK 

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FOR PROVING ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUCCESSES IN THE 


RESTAURANT and ASTUR 

(LONDON) 





IPs a Pleasure to Prolong Your Engagement to Six Weeks 

My Thanks Also to:— 

BARRON POLAN (Jane Morgan's Personal Manager) 
MAURICE WINNICK, 

JULIE OLIPHANT (Publicity) 






HARRY MORRIS 


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; July 2, 1952 



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Los Angeles,' June 28., 
Carmen Torres, Judaic Bergen 
Orch (15) with Bob Lido; $1^5,0, 
$2 cover. * " 




' The short .bookini^f of Carmen 
Torres, sultry singer of Continental 
songs, should "give this Dlush room 
a breather betweeh the liist “closed 
record stand of Frankie Lalne and 
the upcoming . dance beats of 
Freddy Martin and his crew. 

Not that Miss Torres hasn’t the 
voice and looks to sell a number, 
but. this almost-sedate room needs 
better-known talent to generate the 
excitement necessary to lure 
younger cafegoers into its confines. 

Miss Torres’ ample voice and 
feminine charms were well dis^ 
played at Thm’sday’s (26) teeofif. 
An attack of laryngitis, which laid 
her low for the Friday-Saturday 
shows (27-28), failed to diminish 
her power and range to any ap- 
preciable degree, her voice filling 
the large room to the far comers 
and pleasing the too-few payees 
that turned out to look and listen. 
Unfortunately, she won’t be in the 
Grove long enough to build any 
sizable following. 

Her clear , coloratura soprano 
gives dramatic rendition to .six 
songs during her 28 minutes under 
the spotlights. She opens with 
“Te Fuiste” and preceding her 
closing “La Vie En Rose” are such 
nunil^rs as “La Mer,'”' “Toda La 





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HELENE and HOWARD^ 

Opening July IT [2 weeks) 
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A STANDARD ACT 
WITH 

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IN THl HIART OF CHICAOO^t LOOP 
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CrUngar Thaatrai, and adiacanl ta all 
talavlsion •tatlgns it'i tha 

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If W. Randolph Jt. Franklin a- 47 t 0 
Spaclal Ratal for Show Folk 
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Vida” and “Reviens A-Moi.” Tunes 
are all on the love-lament side, and 
with her voice and appearance, 
both extremely favorable, she 
should break up the stint with 
something, livelier, hapjuki' and 
more idmiiiar; J^eaVeat to-tofe was, 
“The ManT'Ldve^Tn-th'g^^ ! , 

■Despite*. 'dnly '.ii' $hort , i^ehearsal 
tilde, . JGddie .Be^fgJhan orch' .gives 
Miss Torres .fimf;ra,te backstpppjng. 
on difficult "“^angcnients, • and'l 
manages to lure most of the table- 
holders onto the floor for dance 
sets. Brog. 

Sjpfivy’s Katst Paris 

Paris, June 25. 

Spivy, Michael Rayhill, Peter 
Howard, Ed Stein; $1 minimum. 

Spivy, who left her Spivy's Roof 
In N. Y„ has gone underground 
here in her downstairs nitery off 
the Champs Elysees on Rue Quen- 
tln-Nauchart, Word-of-ixjouth and 
relaxed atmosphere have fast made 
this the after-hours mecca for the 
American show biz crowd here. 
Drinks are reasonable and snacks 
of hamburgers and chile con came 
are in evidence. Spivy gladhands 
with verve and table-flits to give 
all and sundry a warm welcome. 
Toprists and regular French 
clientele are hi abundance. 

Peter Howard and Ed Stein have 
a limitless repertoire on. the double 
pianos that makes for good lis- 
tening, Michael Rayhill,* youbg 
U. S. warbler, is a re^lar here 
now after stinting at.the Drap d’Or. 
He has fine presence, looks and a 
romantico voice in the musicomedy 
vein. Lad creates a good impres- 
sion with “Bewitched,” “There’s 
Nothing Like A Dame” and “Too 
Marvelous.” 

Spivy floats into the JlmcUght 
to give out with her suggestive 
lyrics. Her charming, top presen- 
tation and gurgling good humor 
sock over the material for a beg- 
off. She chant’s the “Madame’s 
Lament,” about a gal who never 
got upstairs. “The Bearded Lady 
and the Surrealist” is a solid yock- 
ery about the very sad love affair 
of this weird duo. She pounds out 
“Satire on Harper’s” and “Why 
Don’t You” to general hilarity. 

.Room is well decorated and lit 
and was SRO when caught. On 
walls are a group of paintings done 
by Illustrator Woop depicting the 
ancestors of Spivy, ranging from 
a harridan royal madame to a stern 
Grenadier. Spotlighting them at 
intervals is good for laughs. Spot 
is open all night every night. .. 

Mask. 


Top^R9 San Diego 

San Diego, June 25. 
The Show Timers, with Pete 
Matz; Jimmy Turner, Boh Hull, 
Jack Nye Orch; $2., $2.50 mini- 
mums. 


After six months of preparation, 
the Show Timers made their nitery 
debut in A, -J. Kahn’* class spot, 
result being a solid click. Often 
disappointed with previous break- 
ins brought to this city, ringsiders 
keep returning to witness a rare 
and exciting 'Show biz event — ^the 
birth of a topflight act. 

Attractive group comprises 
Dolores Bouche, Loren Welch arid 
Johnny Perri, with Pete Matz, a 
top musician, on 88 (see New 
Acts). Difficult backing is cut well 
by him and Jack Nye’s first-rate 
house band which also plays for 
terpers. ■ . 

Jimmy Turner opens the .show 
with his two dummies, Chester and 
Gwendolyn, in ventriloquiai^ l^urn, 
then for , epcore makes curious 
switch, singing “September Song”' 
solo in pleasant style. ' 

Bob Hull plays organ in lulls. 
In Blackout Bar, Betty Hall Jones 
continues her good-humored, 
crowd-pulling banter and keyboard- 
ing. Don. 


'jPalmer Clkt 

(fiMPYRE ROOM) 

- Chicago, June 26. 

ikTata Sc Hari with Lothar Perl, 
Bill Bradley and George Tomal; 
Rudy Cardenap, Helen Wood^ Felix 
Knight, Eddie O'Neal Orch (12);. 
$3,50 minimum, $1 cover, 

Merriel Abbott has abandoned 
hep pegular ‘standard names for the 
summer, , along with her line, filling 
jit with a. vaude-type hill for the 
•cityVs visitors -and delegates to the 
iHrtionab; poUtical conventions. 
^■Withr the;. exception of the Mata 
i Hari group, there’s nothing top- 
drawer, but it should satisfy the 
conventioneers and might pull in 
some of the steadies, who will want 
to see the sock miming of Mata & 
Hari. 

Team, vacationing from the 
teevee “Show of Shows,” work 
thi’ough the bill • and have the 
tough task of teeing off. Assisted 
by Bill Bradley and George Tomal, 
the^come out equipped with jer- 
seys and football helmets and run 
the gamut of the various sports as 
depicted by the newsreels. Satire 
is hroad .and gets them a big hand. - 
/They come, back at end of ■ show 
with, a new number here, a bit of 
Indian dance hokery with femme 
showing off some amazing control 
work- Bradley and Tomal relieve 
the pair witli a short terp which 
gets some laughs.. 

' Mat* Ac Hari return for their 
almost classic “Carnegie Hall” 
routine alternately imitating the 
various members of the orch, the 
conductor and audienc^. Stint gets 
them off with hefty applause. A 
special nod is rated by Lothar Perl, 
who not only conducts the band 
during their number but wrote 
most of the music. 

Rudy Cardenas is one of the 
most adept jugglers and works at 
a breathless pace. There’s no let- 
up or buildup with the lad rushing 
into one trick after another. While 
he worics with the ordinary sticks, 
wands and balls, his dexterity is 
way above the average. He does 
running flips to pick up ball with 
a mouth stick and exhibits some 
amazing body control to flip the 
spheres on his anatomy without 
using his hands. His human pool 
table with string pockets around 
his body Is a smash. 

Helen Wood is a refreshing miss 
making her first supper room ap- 
pearance here. Miss Wood> re- 
cently- in “Par Joey,” is a vivacious 
charmer but has to work hard to 
overcome an initial defect — she 
starts her turn with a blasting 
vocal of “Got to Dance,” which is 
best left unsung. However, the 
redhaired youngster registers in 
the terp department. Her sexy in-i 
terpetation of “St. Louis Blues'^ is 
tops, complete with bumps and 
grinds' that captivate seatholders. 

Felix Knight is the lure fbr the 
older set and the delegates. Hand- 
some -singer belt* out several 
operatic, standards, but he’* best 
with “September Sohg” and “Song 
of Songs.” Hi* comedy attempts 
are feeble and inappropriate and 
his political parody on '““Clancy 
Lowered the Boom” will probably 
be better received when the con- 
vention hordes invade the city. 

Eddie -O’Neal is celebrating his 
third anni with this show. Orch 
leader has built up a sizable fol- 
lowing with hi# excellent library, 
besides doing a fine job on back- 
ing the shows. Zabe. 

Flamingo, 

' . . ■ ‘ Las Vegas, June 26. 

' OHen it Johnson Revue with 
Marty May, June Johnson, J, C. 

/IT*/.,... 


Young,- JTcaii Olsen . Ah.*!'- Charias 
Senna, with, of , course, the hcRd 
men, Ole Olsen and: ehic ^lohnson. 

Norma Miller Dancer* heat np 
premises with civalcade 6f period 
terps to terrif mitts. Sketch with 
0. & J., Marty May and June John- 
son is standby of judge, prisoner, 
and swish cop. Gruesome hokuRs? 
takes over, topped by John 
Ciampa’s overhead swinging on 
long bar togged as gorilla. Screams 
from distaffers accompany this 
cutie. , * , * 

Pitchmen fill their alloted time 
capably with screwball kazooing. 
Martha. King takes far too long in 
her song spot, hitting some off-key. 
notes the while. • ■ June & Chic 
Johnson reprise their slot machine 
i^and gambling dialog, from last ap- 
pearance here, .Tag IS different, 
having Chic open s.uit of armor 
alongside of stage to extract hot-' 
tie of coke 

’Marty May buMs into good 
•laughs with his easygoing monol- 
ogy, mimicry of radio singer*, and 
fiddling* Norma Miller zooms on 
with her gang to wow with a West 
Indies killer-dlUer terp fling. Im- 
po*sibly riotous “Flower Song,” 
deadpanned by Marty May and 
Chic Johnson,' is returned this- 
time aroirndt for a peak score. 

Nina Varela booms out in at- 
tempted iong while Chic snatches 
off Wts of her skirt, with payoff 
windowshade sight gag. Ole Ol- 
sen take* over to intro Flamingo. 
Starlet* • partner - grabbing from 
house .arid - melee onstage. This, 
segues Into pair’s customary “door 
prize” collection of giveaways, and 
curtain speech. Will, 

4 

InUt Far Vegan , 

La* Vegas, June 24. 
Jackie ■ Miles, Mitzi Green, John- 
son it Owen, Bill Johnsfyn, Arden- 
Fletcher Dancers (8), Carlton 
Hayes Orch (IT ) ; no cover or mini- 
mum. 


! .ATfifeir. Clidk MiaiHii 

Reach, Julv i 
AR-Giri “hLK, 
.pftam” -.M><th .EucIyn, Maria 
ine;. -A' Night InliaS-’ fe’ 
prodiiceaL’and staged by Cnrha * 
Tenv l^ez O rcli; % , $4^,?^!$; 

. Jack Goldmp has gone all ouf 

!? presentation of I 

double feature in units; either onJ 
could easily be considered a hm 
production for any dub in thi 
area (with certain additions) sura 
mer. or winter. It’s chance-takins 
and may not pay off, but he’ll af 
ways, be able to point out that Ms 
Clover Club presented that double 
feature for first time hereabouts 

T. value there’s the 

Phil Spitalny group. It’s an eye-ami 

production the vet bt 
.toneer has set up, with the all 
femme Instrumentalists, vocalists 
.and soloisU handling the careful 
blending of musical ideas for fun 
impact. “ 

solo spots 
choral .wmk i.<j intellig^t, 
ly achi^ed and displays showman- 

Femmes are 
tastefully and colorfully costumed 
for the eye- appeal. Working m 
Confined space their tier arrange- 
ment i* equally effective in focut' 
Ing attention. 

High spots in the hour-long show 
Maria (Cai-uso), new to the 
group and a solid hit via her so- 
pr*ttoings;The zingy drum work of 
Viola; bras* .section's “Old Ken- 
tucky Hofeie’^ aVrangement; and 
Lomste I^JtemWay, who al- 

most stole the first half of the show 
with hertoj^ technique and shad- 
ings. 

Maxine add* build with revival 
(Continued on page 51) 


THANK YOU: 


ELAINE CARVEL 

For yowr support with your groat 
singing stylo -at tho Chox Faroo. 

Wish you all tho succoss you dosorvo. 

jUfUfUf. %ma 4 iie 


Olsen-, Chickic Johnson, Pitchmen 
(3), jNina Varela, Leonard Sues, 
Martha King, Norma Miller Danc- 
ers (10), Billy Young, George Day, 
Barbara Young, Maurice Millard, 
Billy Kaye, Jean Olsen, Charles' 
Senna, John Ciampa, Stewart Rose, 
Flamingo Starlets (8), Matty Mal- 
neck Orch (10); no cover or mini- 
mum. 


Combination of Mitzi Green and 
Jackie Miles, having been a suc- 
cessful teaming at the N. Y. Copa, 
works out much the same in this 
oasis. Gauging any sort of biz ba- 
rometer from ''marquee, strength 
would be difficult these days when 
murlst travel is filling Vp all spots. 
But the Desert fnn stanza will re- 
ceive its Capacity shar’e for certain 
with such well-knowns as come- 
ons. 

Miles works with his insinuat- 
ing whispers, -wending through his 
masterful pattern of funny stories 
and situation*. His standby is the 
track tout arrowing into* disserta- 
tion on comic strips and taxes, and 
he hits peaks with warble of “Can’t 
Give You Anything But Love.” 
Second set i? the Milestone race- 
bettor and prayer, sequeled by the 
hilarious Viddishisms in- his clas- 
sic AuttyxSketch. Big yocks dot his 
um all the way, with neat ovation 
capping the works., ’ * 

Either Miss Green was off form 
at show caught, or audience gave 
only moderate enthusiasm to • her 
parodies and impressions to make 
the deuce spot in the show lack 
sparkle. 

The Green standard opener, 
‘Lady Is a Tramp,” moves into her 
Berle ribbing which encases Rich- 
man, Garbo, Cantor and Sophie 
Tucker. Parody on “Whiffenpoof” 
is intro to “I Married an All-Amer- 
ican,” containing a clever idea. 
Impresh of Joe E. Lewi* doesn’t 
raise the laugh quotient as it 
should. Hokum windup is tribute 
to the Palace in “Two-a-day,” with 
arade of Helen Morgan, Eddie 
•eonard, Fanny Brice, Jolson, and 
echo of Garland. 

Johnson Sc Owen steam up open- 
ing segment with some neat calis- 
thenics on horizontal bars. Injec- 
tion of comedy gives lift to their 
bag of tricks. Bill Johnson, no 
relation to the gymnast, weaves in 
and out as fair emcee, striking up 
vocals during Arden-Fletcher line 
rounds. These are well executed, 
particularly the Latin gadabout 
featuring Fluff Charlton. Will. 


Flamingo frolics for three 
frames with the Olsen & Johnson 
madantics, for solid insurance of 
■capacity biz. Tops in this brand 
of low comedy, O. & J. string their 
bits, sketches, solo spots and slap- 
stickery into a 7b-minute session. 
Yocks. are . peppered all the way, 
and overall reaction is sock. 

Forepart of the bake is intro of 
quickie routines, slam-bang non 
sense and plenty of noise. J. C. 
Olsen opens with his very funny 
“Cry,” using spray spectacles, 
and Leonard Sues goes on deck 
trumpeting a hot “Hallelujah.” 
Flamingo Starlets, actually excess 
dressing this show because of 
Norma Miller group, boogie law 
down ^ “Sixty Minute Man,” with 
warbling by Stewart Rose. Fol- 
lowup razzle-dazzle moves so 
rapidly, tablers are kept swinging 
heads in all directions. Features 
June Johnson, Chickie Johnson, 

I Billy Young, George Day, Maurice 
Z.'Iillard, Billy Kay^ Rarbar 



Milbourne 

Christopher 


Th« only maflictan featured at bolli 
the 1*52 Society of. American Magi- 
cians^ Convention in Boiton and The 
IntoriMtioiHiI Brotherhood of Magi- 
cians' Convention, Hotel Jefferson, 
St. Louis, July 3-5. 


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Reviews 


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Clover Mlapii 

. -Ohost mdtt$ In THe Sky’' 
Mcked^y the choir. Toijper in the 

• wio spotting is Bvel^; and her >no- 

;C°ng. She's. an able, ]bow artist 
:Sd knows her way .round pro- 
ffction of her ««<lhenc€ to hit 
'hsteners for mountinir mtte, TJnit 
,S with "Nation.l Emblem 
•Kch" and- earns encore, si^cial- 
rj written .tune, dedicated to 
.'Miami, that makes for palmlngj 

brief intenhission -for 
chmge of setup, - tablehoWers find 
‘a complete switch in tem^^ and 
ideas with the Garlyle-staiged A 

Havana” Jee XJnit Re- 
, views) that keeps them toigued 
. all the way . 

B1 Hamcfeo, Law 

Las Vegas, June 25. 
Hoagy Carmichael, Condos if 
Brandow. BiU SWpp«r ^oncers 

• (4) El Rancho Girls (5), .Boo 

MorW* .Ofch (10).; 

no cover or miitimum, • 

Name valne of Hoagy Car- 
michael is potent enough to insure 
■packed rooms for duration of this 
shebang. Condos Sc Bfandow con- 
tribute a fair share In making the 
whole deal Highly diverting. 

Carmichael has eleffed enough 
tunes to keep him going for a full 
hour or more. During his 25- 
jninute stint here, he trots out the 
‘ top faves for sujreflre. reaction. 
Manner of presentation, however, 
seems contrived. "iVants to im- 
press with his down-to-earth, corn- 
pone on the Wabash gab^ but only 
succeeds in slowing down the show. 
Drawls in one mike and larjQy 
ankles back to Steinway for his ext 
hlbltions. Should remain at the 
keyboard for everything. Garb 
Includes a shapeless linen fedora, 
a prop which seems' to get in his 
way at times when decision to 
leave it on or take it off con- 
sumes effort. 

Once started on tlie keyboard, 

. and hacked by small combo fojc 
orch plus his own guitarist. Bob 
Morgan, he makes up for lost time. 
Big salvos greet every tune, *‘3ut- 
. termilk Sky,” “Huggin* and Chalk- 
. in’,” “Rocldn* Chair,” “Georgia O4 
My Mind,” “Little Old Lady,” 
"Lazybones,” ‘KJool Cool Cool of the 
. Evening,” “Wouldn’t You Like To 
Be a Whale?,” “Hong iCpng Blues,” 
and whopping mitts for “Stardust” 
at windup. 

Condos & Brandow display, their 
usual versatility for top reaction.’ 
Casual gab style, contrasted by 
speedy tapterps, get’s duo under- 
way after “Dance Your Cares 
Away” warble. Condos flicks the 
parquet with his neat. ‘ soft-shoe 
turn; Brandow follows with his 
fine impresh of LPUis Armstrong 
vocal and trumpeting, joined on 
coda by Condos. At the 88, 
Brandow’ bleats “Ace In the Hole,” 
accomping the Condos interps, and 
top spot of act segites from this— 

. Brandow’s lightning- miniature 
stair legmania. 

Bill Skipper’s foursome aug- 
. ments house line in some interest- 
ing modem choreo. ’ Two males, 
two femmes leap into, “Manhattan” 
theme for starter arf<i bring down 
J-^rtain with, vivid and fraptic 
Trinidad” stomps. Group should 
work on ideas 'in slower -tempos 
•Within, routines to. provide'T mor6 
Otherwise, you and 

• abilities carry , them, over nicely. 

Will. 


last Frontier, Laa Ve^na 

. Las Vegas, June 27. 

Lorraine Cugat Orch (10), with 
Van Alexander conducting, Conti- 
nentals (4), Estelle SlocLn, The 
Leonards (2), Jean JDevlyn Girl 
newue (11)^ i^an Maointyre, Don 
oaKer; no cover, or rhinimum. 

Capitalizing upon success of 
wifr ^ Cu:gat at this same nitery 
bonifaccs booked his ex-- 
Allen three month’ll 
if u attracts ihe curious bUt 
caught, Miss Allen mfcr^ly 
wmdered on and off in role of 
She didn’t even front her 
chore being capably.- 
Van Alexander. Revi-^ 
v/SiS . ^ce currently underway, 
receive Latin fan- 
i chirp, more So as 

presence in the 
Thus given a reason to 
hnr ’ cemphy femme will use 
f ^ voice and 

tiiP table-sitters through. . 

"MPpy 60 min. stanza. 

click here is due to 
Emir ^ array of ttih’es. 

rat/ numbers at great 

“Boutonniere,” 


sen fronting “Casey at the Bat,” 
followed by Latin medley featuring 
tenor Ben Cru56 and foursome- giv- 
ing highly rhythmic sounds to 
“Cumbanchero.” Football saga is 
back in novelty vein, having all 
four as inebriated college pros. Re- 
ceptlQp is tops for every ditty. 

Estelle Sloan , gives exhibit of 
superb terps during her deuce. 
Chirps “BalUn’ the Jack” to begin, 
then demonstrates. Doffs bouffant 
skirt to receive whistles as fine 
ganis twinkle through “Cecelia,” 
“Syncopated Clock,” and an Irish 
jig. ; 

Curry, Bjrd & Leroy have serv- 
ices of a terrif plant in house to 
win top favor. Bumbling drunk 
pulls plenty yocks offstage and on 
as ,he aids Curry in tossing Miss 
Byrd all over the place. . 

Leonards are spotted within the 
Jean Devlyn line, grabbing orbs 
with their adagio flings in opening 
“Jungle” spell. Dolores Frazzini 
doubles from terping in line to so- 
pranoing effectively. Finale Is 
colorful Spanish routine with 
Leonards doings a bullfight choreo 
to “Malaguena,’^ Flashy costuming 
aids production greatly. 

Lorraine Cugat orch is booked 
for a month, with other acts hold- 
ing fortnight contracts. Alexander 
is one Of the better ' batonneers 
and arrangers from the flicker 
city. His know-how with notes and 
measures is a potent spark to this 
chapter. Takes a breather during 
Continentals’ inning while their ac- 
comper, Ivan MacIntyre, slides in 
for background 88ing and conduct- 
ing. Don Baker diapasons at the 
Hammond for intermissions. With 


Hotel, 1 L» A. 

. BILTMORE BOWL 

Los Angeles, June 24. 
Irene Ryan, Tippy k Cohirut, Los 
Gatos (3), Dorothy Dorben’s Ador- 
^les (12), Hal Denoln Orch (12), 
Gene Ban Tno (3), Irene King; 
?l-;¥1.50 couen 


with this clientele, brings o\|t the 
hoofers en masse*. ‘Iren# King 
doubles over from the ensemble 
to vocalize with Derwih and pro- 
jects an appealing Voice., Derwin 
also takes a few choruses with in- 
gratiating purr and personality. 

Helm. 


Boniface Joe Faber must’ve ; 
figured here that if you don’t give 
them too much in the first show 
they’ll stick around for the second 
‘and the bar trade will get more 
mileage out of the tray jugglers. 
Whether it works- out like that is 
too early to tell for this layout is 
anchored for six weeks, 

• Despite the brevity of the acts, 
it’s a well-packed and rounded 
show, with a diversity of entertain- 
ment that should satisfy all moods 
and tastes. . Headlining is Irene 
Ryan, who has been around show 
biz a good many years and has a 
knack for making her mimicry pay 
off. From an opening note of simu- 
lated sadness she segues into 
rollicking song and buffoonery. She 
came off to a good round of pawr 
pounding and took three, encores 
at show caught. Her impressions 
of young singers is her sock-in- 
trade and she balances these with 
a run-through of oldies. 

Tippy & Cobina, a brace of edu- 
cated chimps, are taken through 
their paces by the Vieras. Even 
though they’ve been around on TV 
and other night stops, they’re still 
solid laugh-getters. By. just look- 
ing mad they can Wallop the sit- 
ters for howls. Their banana- eat- 
ing contest is a smash bit. The 
Los Gatos trio of tumblera and 
balancer# are expert and last 
workers. 

Flash line of Adorables Is well 
frocked and drilled for their two 
numbers, Dance music of Hal Der- 
win and Gene Bari, no small item 


witK 


fast Hawaiian cowboy tune, 
overtones of Texas, Finale, li ..n 
tern and trhythm number • wltla 
native girls beating out the rbytlm 
via bamboo batons and the Hawai-* 
ian gourds, uli-uli. 

Show is nicely costumed througb- 
“ Illy 


.(TERRACE GRlLD) 

Kansas City, June 27. 

Johnny' jPlnjeipple' . Orch ( ^ 

Soufh PaciilcRepue^* UHth Hhtive 
Chris'. (5) ; ^2‘ minimum,' ' * 

In, one of its infrequent policy 
switches, the Hotel Muehlebach 
has gone to floor-shows for tlie 
current three-week stand in^ its 
Terrace Grill, a repeat date by the 
Johnny Pineapple orch and “South 
Pacific Revue.” Change was made 
since orch and show come in one 
package, and summer flavoring of 
entertainment fits the room and 
the season. Biz is holding its own. 

Pineapple carries bevy of five 
native girls with the band, and 
from combo fashions a halt-hour 
Hawaiian show twice nightly. Leads 
oil with the femmes in hula as he 
vocals welcome tune, and solos 
“Little Grass Shack” in his own 
acceptable fashion. Kealoba of the 
troupe is featured in '^To ’ You 
Sweetheart, Aloha,”, doing native 
terp to backing of Pineapple vocal 
and orch. “Cockeyed Mayor of 
Kaunakakai” gives comedy an in- 
ning with Ulaiani, * 

Francis Raclmo of the orch steps 
out for “Maul Chimes,” ably done 
on electric guitar, and duo of gals 
follow in ancient hula. In “Hawai- 
ian 'Wedding Song” vocals are 
‘featured, Pinneapple dueting with 
Ihelani; number coming off first- 
rate. Gal warblea a favorite Island 
song of a, great city, and follows 
with Hawaiian terp to “Dancing 
Under the Stan.” Leader warbles 


out, Pinea^pl 


le adds an unusual 
good Vocal, snd orch is acepm'^ 
plished at island music, making n 
well-knit show in 30 minutes. 


Del Mar, Cal, FairBows 
To Peak Pull; To|> Acts 

Del Mar, Cal.. July 1. 
San Diego (lounty Fair opened 
to record crowd Friday (27J'%ifh 
14,121 persons. Event . js slated 
for 10 days. Previous dpenlng-day 
mark was 13,30() in 1049. 

In addition to usual gallus-snap- 
ping events, top show blr acts Will 
appear, Including Ina Ray HUttob’s 
band, Spade Cooley Show, 'Hilo 
Hattie, and. Cynthia A. Kay Stroth- 
er, the teenage Beil Sisters who 
composed “Bermuda.” Danny To- 
paz, San Diego organist, also in- 
cluded in free shows given twice 
daily. 

Stay 20-Day Workhaiise 
Sentiince of Stripper 

Minneapolis, July 1. 

Although pleading that her 
“exotic and character dances” ar# 
“art” Jeanie Andrews, appearing 
at Phil's nitery here, was given a 
20“day > workhouse sentence by 
Judge Luther Sletten In municipal 
court. 

The judge,* however, stayed the 
sentence for one year on condition 
that the performer “clean up her 
dances.” 








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troduction to listeners of 'the 
Jack Benny radio program. One 
of the greatest masters of dia'* 
lect in show business, Kitzel, 
born Arthur Auerbach, took the 
rafters apart with one of the 
funniest solo comedy routines 
to hit town in a long time. 

“Kitzel’s play on Words, espec- 
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anent Las Vegas, kept natives 
and visitors alike in gales of 
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Tom it. Jittiry 
Nofmali‘’t^att 
Corps de Ballet 
Rockettes 

Sym Ore 

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3 Holly SU 
Paul White 

5 4c S Arthur 
3 Aruauts 

L Bleanaa Circus 
Benson it Mann 
Yvonne Clayal it 
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Paramouni’ (P) 1 
Paul it Ford 
Joey Bishop 
Tommy Edwards 
Pelro Bros 
R Marterle Ore 


Rdxy (I)' 4- • 
ArAold"5hoda 
Trixie ,. 

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Billy iMnlMS 
Awra McLaughlin 
BALTIMORE 
' Royal (i) 4 
Ruth Brown • 

Willis jlackson Ore 
HoweU A Bowser 
3 Glenna 
Eddie- Rector 
Nudy Williams ^ 
WASHINGTON 
Howard (I) 4 
Wynonle Harris 
Larry Darnell 
Aniilc Laurie 
Crack Shot Co 
Princess Margo 
Myers A Walker 
Dud Bascomhe Ore 


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Royal (T) 39 
Wally Boag 
Pan Yue Jen Tp 
Lowe A^Ladd . 
Rehlta Kramer 
Bouua 

Rey Overbury A 
Suaette 

Robert Simmons 
Margaret Monson 

3 Show Girls " 

13 Adorable! 

MILBOURHR 
Tivoli (T) U 
Tommy Trlnder 

4 Botondc 
Halatna A Kouarski 
Prof Olgo 

Carl Ames 
Royston MacGregor 
Harry Moreny 
Lloyd Martin 
Toni Lamond 
Peter 


4 Singing Girls 
4 Show Girls 
4 Dancing Boys 
2 Utility 
12 Adora|>les 
SYDNEY 

Royal (T> 39 
Jimmy -Hanley 
Babs Macklnnon 
Rosemary Miller 
Peter French 
June Lansell 
Valerie Keast 

TIvoU (T) 39 
Paula Hhtton 
Walter Gore 
Henry Danton 
Strelsa Heckelraan 
Lynne Golding 
Leon KeUaway 
9 Soloists 
Corps de Ballet 


BRITAIK 


Asten 

HIppodt'ome U) 39 

Albert Burdon 
RLACKPOOL 
Opera House (1) 30 
Irtster Ferguson 
Terry-Thomas 
Semprlnl 
Dandy Bros 
Harry Bailey 
Pamela Kay 
Corps de Ballet 
Regency. 8 
Albert Madand 
Magyar Dancers 
30 Tiller Girls 
Palace (1) 39 
CarroU Levis Co 
Marla PetUli 
Pop White A 
Stagger 

2 Grecos 

S A R Jenks 
Cyclo Bros 
Tower Circus (I) 30 
Charlie CalroU it I 
Smiths 

Knies French 
Horses ^ , . 
Oscar Konyots Lions 
Gt Alexander Tp 
Victor Julian Pets 
Enles Animals 
4 RWhayi 

3 Lorandos 
Mars Tp 
Arrlgonls 

3 Hopes 
Jimmy Scott 
Fly^nc Constellation 
Little Jimmy 
Annettes 

Clrcnscttes , 
Winter Cardens • 
' (1) 39 

Frasers Harmonica 
Co 

Freddie Sales 
Sallcl Pm*pets 
Fay© A Tamara 
Marlon Sanders 
Billy McCormack 
Kathleen Gray 
Doreen Hinton 
8 HlllblUles 
12 Beau Belles 
■RADFORD 
Alhambra (M) 39 
Les Trols Poupee 
Pat Kirkwood 
Paula Coutts 
Dr Crock Co 
Nixon A Dixon 
Mooney A King 
Beryls A Bobo 

Brixton ^ 
ImpVbsS (1) 39 
Terry Q'NeU 
Dixie tRoae , 
Luzltii*^A Lfcmkow 
Darbah' Wendy 
Cooper Twins 
Musical Pardoes 
Dolores Whiteman 
He Verc Tele-Belles 
CHELSEA 
Palace U) 39 
Winters A Fielding 
Nell A Newington 
SAP Kaye 

4 Musical Derricks 
Phil Lester 
DeVere Dancers 

• CHISWICK 
Empire (S) 30 
Alfred Marks 
Julie Andrews 
Bel Argay 
Mundy A Earle 
Bela A Mary 
Dave A M’'tireen 
George Elrlck 
He Vero Girls 
DERBY 

Hippodrome (S) 30 
Sam Kern 
Peggy Leslie 
Artemus 
Dunn A Grant 
Terry Moore 
Gaye A Van 
Jenny Sandler 
De Yon** A Delysia 
EAST HAM 
Granada (I) 30 
Eddie Gordon A 
Nancy 
H A A Ross 
Don Arden 
Noel A Novelty 
Peter Dare 
Susie 

Palace (I) 39 
Reg Varney 
Ballet Montmartre 
Earl A Oscar 
Peter DuJay 
En'Oranadas A 
Peter 


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AlaJi Ritchie 
Carter A Rjunr 
Syd Jejfirey 

PORTMOUTH 
Theatre Reyaf 
(M) 39 
IAS Davis 
Radio Revellers 
Dolalre 

Forsythe A Scamott’ 
Lawman A Joy 
Adelaide Hall 
Clifford Stanton, 
Ladd Lyon 
scunthdrpe 

Savoy (I) 30 
Harry Shiels 
Prince Nareda Co 
Van Luin 
Vera Demonte 
William Greer 
Rex Deerlng 
SHEFFIELD 
Empire (M) 39 
Laurel A Hardy 
Lonsdale Sis 
Lorraine 
Kenways 
Elray A Dorothy 
Cingalee 
Jimmy BUlott 
Reid A Dorothy 
SHEPHERDS RUSH 
Empire (SK 39 
Kitty Maaters 
Billy -Nelson- „ 
Chuck O’Neil* 
Jimmy Robbing 
3 Imps 
Roy Jefferies 
BlRy Morris 
Peter Foy 
Babs Warren* 

De Vere - Girls 
SUNDERLAND 
Empire (M) 39 
Tom Moss 


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Betty $lado V , ; 
SHver Chords ■ ' 
Rob«)^< "r '.'‘►M 
A1 Shaw 
Shenton Harris 
SWANSEA 
Empire (Mk30 
Welsh St Singers 
Leslie Adams 
Davies A Lee 
De Lelo BaUet 
Andree'g. Beaiities 
Ford A Sheen 
WOLVER- 
HAMPTON 
Hippodrome (1) 
Hetty King 
Turner Layton 
Georgie Wood 
Albert Whelan 
Dick Henderson 
Marie Uoyd Jr 
Keefe Bros A 
Annette 
Shane Sis 
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Empire ($) 39 
Gwen Liddle 
Anton Karas 
Keppcl A Bettr 
BUI Wpddington 
Bobby Dennis 
Doreen A Victor. 
AAV Farrell 
Richard Sis. 

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Frank O'Rrlan 
Jack Mayer . 

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D’Artognans 
Peggy Stone . . 
Gordon’s' Night 
Birds 

Ricky Howard 
Iren* Bruce 7 
Harry Humphreys 
Len • Hargreaves 


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Empire' (M) 39 
Leslie Hatton 
Fred Kitchen 
Helen Ford 
Beryl Walkley 
FINSBURY PARK 
Empir* (M) 39 
Dorothy Slqulres 

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G Martin 

Hackford A Doyle 
Allen Bros A June 
De Vere Dancers 
GLASGOW 
. Empire (M) 39 
^rtUtt A Ross 
Kenne Lucas 
Jones A Foss 
.Llazeed Arabs 
Le* Symmetrlcalg 
Barry O’Brien 
Le* Morgan 
. GRIMSBY 
Raia^ce. (l) 30 
Alyce Dcy 
Jackie* Todd 
Haynes A Gardener 
Meltones 
Bab Adams 
Audrey Mann 
Dave Stari' 
Vooalalres 
Funfair Adorableg 
hackney 

Empir* (S) 39 
Georgie WlUiams ' 
Bob Grey 
Mavis A Robey 
Day A Toni 
Jacoby 

Rita Kotchlnsky 
Barry Brian 
Helen Gay 
Gordon Girls 

LEEDS 

Empire (M) 39 
Hutch 

Jimmy James Co 
Eddie Calvert 
Malcolm Mitchell 3 
Peggy CaveU 
Olga Varona 
Helga Barry 
Mills A Bellta 
LEICESTER 
Palac* (?) 30 
Tcsslo O'Shea 
Morris A Cowley 
Allen A Barbara 
French A Joy 
Alan Rowe 
Linda A Lana 
LINCOLN 
Royal (iT 30 
Ossie Morris 
Rita Page 
Harmonica Hot 
Shots 

Maurice Keary 
Vic Silver 
Rhoda Diane 
Don Stevens 
Dancing Klngettes 
LIVERPOOL 
Empir* (M) 39 
Lena Horne 
2 Sterlings 
Jack Parnell Ore 
Angelos 
Song Pedlars 
Condons 

Morocainbe A Wise 
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Palladium (M) 30 
Jack Benny Co 
Dennis Day 
Charllvels 
Maj Britt 
Billy Russell 
Frank Cook 
Alfroros 
Palladium Girls 
Skyrockets Ore 
MANCHESTER 
Hippodrome (S) 
Josef Locke 
Alan Clive 
Carsony Bros 
Walter Nlblo 
Harry Benct 
Les Marchlslo 
Frances Duncan 
H A A Ross 
NORWICH 
Hippodrome (i) 

Joe Black 
Peter Dare' 

Miriam Pears* 
MAS Davies 
Billy Bartholomew 
NevUle WiUlams 
New Embassy 
Lovelies 
NOTTINGHAM 
Empire (M) 30 
4 Graham Bros 
Joau- Keen 


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Armand Perren. 

B Fayes 
Pat Gregory 
Gcrd BJornstad 
Chribi • 

Marika Saary 


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J irim de jTong 
acques Cartaux 
Jlmtaay Klder 
Joe 'Whitehouse 
Clsgy Trexiholm* 
Terry Scanlon. . 
Guus Brox A Myrna 


Cabaret BiOs 


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BIrdland 

Dinah Washington 
George Shearing 0 
Blue Angel 
Eartha Kitt 
Josh Whit* 

Lita Terris 
Orson Bean 
Bon Solr 
Mae Barnes 
Hamlsh Menzels 
Kirkwood A 
Goodman 
Jimmy Daniels 
3 Flames 
Norene Tate 
Garland Wilson 

Copacahana . 

Joel Gray 
Nancy Donovan 
GalU Galll 
Clark .Bros 
Peter Hanley 
Betty Johnson 
Madllls 
M Durso Ore 
F Marti Ofc 

El ChICQ 
Roslta Rios 
Ruth. Vera 
Ramonita y Leon 
Los Xey 

Enrltiue Vlzcano O 
Eduardo Roy 
Embers 
ErroR Garner 

French Casino 
Glnette Wander 
Harry Seguela 
Jane Laste 
Laura Tunis! 

HavanarMadrIrf 
Carlos Ramirez 
Rene Touzet 
Lupino-A Urbino 
Jose Curbelo Oro 
Hotel Amiuissador 
Jules Landc Ore 
. Hotol Astor 
Carmen Cavallaro 
Hotel BUtmore 
Michael- Kent Ore 
- Hotel Edisen 
Henry Jerome Ore 
hotel New Yorker 
Bernie Cummins 0 
Roymayne A Brent 
EUmar 

Jack Rafflo^r 
Joan Walden 
Adrian RoUinJ 'Prlo 
Hotel Roosevelt 
Lenny Herman Ore 
Hotel St. Regis 
Milt Shaw Ore 
Horace Diaz Ore 
Village Bam 
Peggy Norman 
Teddi King 
Bourbon A Balne 
Zeb Carver Ore 
Pete Rubino 
Village Vanguard 


30 


30 


J>orothy Greener 
Harry Belafonte 
Roye* WaUace 
Clarence Williams 

Walderf-Asterle 
Chavales de Espana 
Trim Reyes 
EmU Coleman Ore 
Miecha Borr Ore 
Hotel Statler 
EUlott Lawrence CL 
Hotol Taft 
Vincent X^opez Ore 
Latin Quarter. 
Darvas A Jxilla 
Royal Ashtong ' - 
Danielle Lamar 
Steeplechase 
Willie Shore 
MarUyn Ross 
Cqllette Fleuriot 
Marilyn Hightower 
Andre PhUlppe 
Art Waner Ore 

La .Vie En Rost 
Mel Torme 
Joyce Bryant 
Van Smith Trio 

Lo Rupan BItu 

Ronnie Graham 
Janet Brace 
Julius Monk 
Norman Paris 3 

Riviera 
Zero Mostel 
Georgia Gibbs 
WiU Mastin 3 
Amin Bros 
W Nye Ore 
Campo Ore 

Leon A Eddie's 

Eddie Davis 
Sherry Britton 
Elaine Sutherland 
Rena Foley 
Bobby Byron 
Oliver Ders* 

He. \ Fifth Avt 
Bob Downey * 
Harold *FenVUl« 
Hazel Webster >• ■ 

Old Roumanian 

Sadie Banks . 
Jkckle PhlUlpi ** 
Larry Marvin 
Joe LaPorte Oro 
D’Agulla Ore 
Park fhoraton 
Irving Fields 
Two Guitars 
Arena Raiie 
Elena A Anatolo 
EU SpiVak 
Mischa Usdanoff 
Michel Mlchon 
Kostya Poliansky 
Versailles 
Stuart Harris 
Emile Petti Ore 
Pauchlto Ore 
Wivtl 
Sal Noble 
Bob iieo 


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Day A Alya,, 

Am* Bamaii I 
' Kojiy'l 
Joe Dl Leila 
Terry 

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The Whispers , , 
Nautilus Hot*! 
Jack WakeEeld. 
Leon Kramer 
The Bradys CD 
Freddy Calo Ore 
Faddock tlifh' . 
IrlSiA^ian,.-'.^ . 

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Rbzahhe- * - . • 
Connie Del Mont* 
Ernie, Bell' Ore ♦? 
'Ban MarfM Hot*f 
Mao'-Pepheir ' ■ • 

The- Jesters: .'-.r/v 
Jackis A Michael * 
Jeanne Christian * 
Ramona 
Steda 

Red Thornton. 

Sehaw Puppets : 
Freddie- Daw jOre 
Gaiety Club 
Tommy Raft 
Olga Barrett 
Lori Iris . 

Georgia Peech 
Che-Che 
Lynn Clayton 
Gaiety GUIs 
Green Hair Girl 
Laha* 

Rose Ann 
Florence Jennings . 
Bob Morris orc 
Jewbl Bex 
Francis RusseU 
Bobby La Marr 
Danny A Doc Bey 


Hop CbinrUg Or* 
"ohnliw H«««l 
PhU Brito 
Yvonne DeLani . 
Tony ■ Matas ' 
Randum - ■ , * , 
Loon A Iddfo's 
Bobo B^or Royii* 
Murray Bwanoed 
Kddio .Guort^ 
JacUo Gordbd . 
Jackio KUE . 
Chucki* Tontaln* 
Larry Soldln Ders. 
fans touel Hot*l 
The RivoroS (S) 
Howard Brooks 
Bifdio Bnydor 
Salases Ore 
Ann Herman Ders 
Boxony Hotol 
Henri Rooo 
Val Olmart Ore 
Taho A Dee 
Jules DeSalYO, Ore 
- Bhoro Club 
Haven A Held 
Rosalia -A Carlas 
MlSafil’ Selker.O^o 
Shoremode 
Preacher RoUo 8 
Tony Fastoris 
Jackie Small 
Chi-Chi Lavem* 
Kitty O’Kelly 
Jamie Lynn 
Pat Pascall 
Kenny Lynn . . 

Vagabonds Club 
Vagabonds <4) 
Marla NegUa 
Sunnyslderg ' 

Geo Horton 
Frank Linale Orc 
Bobhy'True Trio 




C^HICAaO 


Blackhawk 

Kay Coulter 
Kenny Bbweri 
Grant Kasthanz 
Pat Carroll • 

Dave LeGrant 
Barbara Cook 
Mariann D’Or 
Carl Sands pr* 
Choa Faro* . 
Jimmy Durant* 
Hplli^wood Cover 
OirU (S) 

Candy Candida. 
Eddie Jackson 
Jack Roth 
Jules Buffano 
Elaine Carveri 
Johnny Martin 
CheX Adorable! (8) 
B 'Farnon Orc (8) 
Cenrad Hlltod Hot'l 
Adele Inge 
Eric Walt* 


Diana Grafton 
Charles A LuclUo 
Cavanaugh 
Dennis A- Darien* 
Marie McClenagban 
Yvonne Broder 
Philip ' Fraser 
Terry .Taylor 
Donald Tobin 
George Zak & 
BoUlevar^earS .(0) 
Frankie Mafters O 
Edgewater Beach 
Xavier . CUgat Ore 
- with ‘Abbe Lanct 
Los Barancos (2), 
Dulolnat Otto Bo- 
Uvar, and El . 
Gringo 

-Palmer Houtf 

Felix KxUght 
Mata A Harl 
Rudy Cardenas 
Helen Wood 
Eddie OfNeal Ore 


XOS AgCELES 


Ambassador Hotel 

Carmen Torres 
Eddie Bergman Orc 

Bar of Music 

Doodles A Spider 
Eileen Scott 
Felix Decola 
Benno Rubinyl 
Eddie Bradford Orc 
B Gray’s Bandbox 
Billy Gray 
Patti Moor* 

Ben Lessy 
Pepper Sis (3) 

Bob Durwood 
BUI How* 

Blltmor* 4101*1 , 


Irene Ryan 
Tippy A Coblnk 
Los Gatos O) ■■ 
Hal Derw'in Orc 
Caf* Gal* 
Sheila Barrett 
Jean Arnold 
BUly Barnes 
Joyce Jameson 

Giro’* 

Peggy Lee 
Stop Bros. 

Dick StabU* Ore 
Bobby Ramoa Orc 

Mocambo 
Mary Kaye Trio 
Austin Mack 
Eddie OUv*r . 


LAS VEGAS, HETABA. 


Desert Inn 

Mltzi Green 
Jackie Miles 
Johnson A Owen 
Ardeh-Fletcher 
Dancers 

Carlton Hayes Orc 
^El CertAX 
Donild Novls 
Martha Davis 
Instrumentalists 
Alice HaU Quartet, 
Flamingo 
Olsen A Johnsun 
RevUe 

Moro-Landlg 
Flamingo Starlets 
Matty Malneck Orc 

Last Frontier 
Freddy Martin Orc 
Merv Griffin 
Murray Arnold 
Martin Men ^ 
The Leonards 
Jean Devlyn Girl 
Revue 


El Ranch* Vega! 

Hoagy Carmichael 
Condos A Brandow 
£1 Rancho Girls 
Buddy Bryan 
Ted Fin lUto Ore 
Silver Slipper 
Kalantan 
Hank Henry 
Roberto 
IsabcUe Dawn 
Jimmy Cavanaugh 
DoUy Lee Line 
George Redman 
Pud Brown 
Dlxlelanders 
Thunderbird 
Les Baxter Chorus 
A Orch 

Nancy Andrews 
Evic A Joe Slack 
Notables - 
Bonnie A Brooks 
Johnny O’Brien 
K Duffy Dansations 
-Al Jahns Orch 


JDOKOTin: ^AltNOfF 

Mgi • 1 

15 Miim. 

Cipitol, 

^rhls li^porothy Jnitlil 

foray iato. vaudd sincp hPr concdrt 
and Broadway click (shc^i played 
top cafes for about five years). She 
is a top-drawer performer vith a 
voice*, and . style suitable for . any 
stage-^a class entertainer with 
plenty appeal for the masses. 

Chantoosey wisely avoids the eiv 
rors of most concert singers, and 
sticks to the" pop tunes best suited 
for this type audience. She makes, 
a haridsome entrance well- matched 
by a 'full set of pipes with wide 
range and an appealing quality of 
warmth. Her . experience in such 
shows as “Kosalinda” and the more 
recent ^'King and V* shows* up in 
her flair for the dramatic and in 
her ability to brings meaning to 
lyrics. Wins the audience imme- 
diately and holds them throughout, 
a feat unusual for femme singers 
in this house; 

Sticks to' showtimes except for 
one .delightful departure into folk 
songs via the Scotch /‘Laddie.’* 
Though not’ the standout of the act, 
Izflter olicks with payees. Best 
are “Kiss of Fire,” whi«i has never 
been handled more beautifully on 
the local scene, and her ‘'King and 
T'. show-stopper, “Something Won- 
derful.*' * Phrasing and feeling are 
particularly fine in both numbers. 
Tecs off- with “So In Love” and 
winds up withf “Something Won- 
derful.” 

Songstress adds life to perfom- 
ance by, stepping away from mike 
now and then' and adding a few 
stepsr and twirls to the orch accopi- 
paniment. 'Actually, with the vol- 
ume of her pipes, she could well 
try one number sans mike. ' 
This is no mere song stylist nor 
current disk vogue. Miss Samoff is 
a live, vibrant performer with an 
innate dignity -and a natural style 
of her own, * Capitol stubholdcrs 
give her unusually hefty reception, 

THE SHOW TIMERji 
Revue 

35 Mins. , 

Top’s, San Hiero 
A. blend .pf. bright talents make 
this act a potent bet for the big- 
time. ' Dolores Bouche and Johnny 
Perri, a former “Our Gang” young- 
ster, did the remembered “Psycho- 
pathic Me and Neurotic You’* in 
‘Lend an Ear,” and Loren Welch 
sang in ‘'On the Town” and Menot- 

ti’s “The Medium” and “The Tele- 
phone.” 

PiaAist-backer Pete Matz studied 
in Paris, where he accomped the 
Peters Sisters, w.k. from Cab Cal 
loway days. Music is by Arthur 
(“New Faces of 1952”) Siegel, spe 
cial- material by Jeff Bailey, chore 
ography Tiy Roland Dupree. 

Youthful act is very smart, im-; 
maculately clean, often funny, at 
all times entertaining. Good-look- 
ing performers complement each 
other neatly. They dance, sing, act, 
combine on broad comedy and in- 
cisive satire alike in expertly staged 
revue without ho-hum lulls too 
often found in latter type of pro- 
duction. 

Snipping of a few obvious gag- 
lines and less hurried intro should 
put well-versed unit into shape for 
big. league. Potential Is here for 




eissiki' MuXxnzib 

IBmmM 

IrMIlki. " 

CaiteG, TGrAiiil# 

Game BBucy „cul*nt^i, piui « 
blBiid of eyB-roUing ^ckedneK? 

deMvtry. that * BhoUld mako thi* 
young French^anadlan chanted 
an immediato and. fast bet for nlv 
stage or any other medium. Bob 
Crosby’s warbler on his “Club 15 J 

broadcasted 

with.’ Mario Lanza, is breakintf 
here that, when caiS? 
ke^: her on-stage for an enthusi- 
asUo audience istint that still had 
ttie customers begging for more. 
This gal IS a sensation. 

Pert "and. impudent, but with a 
ladylike class that proves she’s 
only -warm-heartedly kidding, she 
immediately establishes, from her 
run-on entrance, why she has been 
such r Boetepric success in recent 
months. With no desire for freak 
stylistics, -she 'just stands up and 
sings, this time without her own 
piano-accomp. Her gowns are out- 
standing • and .she takes a girlish 
pride in exhibiting them. 

In saucer-eyed style. Miss Mac- 
Kenzie bounces, on for her “I'm in 
Love with Life,” complete in 
gorgeous golden. gown, segues for 
tempo qlunge into a slow “Tm 
Yours,” then into the lilting “La 
Fiacrei’ which^ originally identified 
her hoopla singihg style. She pays 
neatly-EPpkem tribute to the cour- 
age- pf Jane Fromah in . a medley 
of that star'? .hits, including “With 
a Song in My Heart” and “ril 
Walk Alone,” does a hot rhythm 
of “Watermelon Weather” and 
“Silver and Gold” and begs off to 
her' tradenlarked “Johnny.” 

In Eli of these; she retains her 
reputation .as a Tel«ed and happy 
personality, with an individual 
styling that sound? like no one 
else’s, plus her innate showman- 
ship. ' MeStoy. 


ANDRA McLaughlin 

loe Skating- 
7 Mins. 

RQXy, N. Y. 

Andra McLaughlin, formerly fea- 
tured in the “Hollywood Ice Re- 
vue,” .steps .'out- as a smart single 
In the current Roxy ice layout. A 
looker with a physique to match, 
she.' generates plenty* of eye ap- 
peal with her snap'py blade capersn 
She’s billed as a rhythm skater 
and features a fast jitterbug hoof- 
ing routine, including some 
Charleston licks. She carries it off 
at a solid pace throughout and 
registers as a strong' specialty turn. 

Herm. 


Rodeo Cowboys Union 
•Wins 25 C folra Purse 
From N.Y. Garden Mgt. I Sll^udshaveTt *'’““• 


miami-miami beach 


Bar of Music 
BUI Jordan 
David Elliott 
Lee Sherwln 
Lon Vogle 
Van Kirk 

Beachcomber 
Freddie Bernard 
Steve Gainer 
The Sobeys (2) 
Norma Parker 
Kings A Their 
Ladles 

Casablanca Hotel 
Sammy Walsh 
Monica Boyar 
MUt Roberts Orc 
Clover Club 
Phil Spltalny Ore 
Evelyn 
Maxine 

Carlyle Havana Rev 
Tony Lopez Orc 
Dslmonlco ' 


Jack Almeda 
Crayton A Lopez 
Carlos A Mellsa Ore 
^ El Mamba 
George Mann. 
Latln-Amcrican Rev 
_ .Five O’clock 
Martha Raye 
Jackie Kannon 
Ben Yost 6 
Len Dawson Orc 
Frolic Club 
Kathle McCoV 
Don Charles Orc 
Lombardy ' 
Don Baker Orc 
Henry Taylor 
Julio A Mao 
Martinique Hotel 
Manolo- it Ethel 
Danny Yates Ore- 
Del Breece 
Rose A F^ul 
Vincents 


• The Championship Rodeo at 
Madison Square Garden, N. Y,, this 
fall will be out an unanticipated 
$25,200 before the gates open as a 
result of a ^‘strike” by the cowboys 
on the purses for each event. 

About a month ago, the Rodeo 
Cowboys Assn., headquartered in 
Tulsa, Okla., sent word to the Gar- 
den management that the $75,600 
boodle scheduled was inadequate. 
Garden veepee Ned Irish and long- 
time rodeo manager Frank Moore 
hustled out to the oil capital to 
confer with RCA prexy Bill Lin- 
derman, who’s also a top con- 
testant. 

. The hassle was resolved last 
week, when the Garden agreed to 
add $25,200 to the. 1952 purse, 
making a total of $100,800. The 
added fiigure is a compromise, since 
the cowboy union -had held out for 
$29,200 extra and the Garden had 
offered $.16,800, The supplemental 


GABI 
Songs 
8 Mins. 

Palace, N. Y. 

In her debut at the Palace, GabI, 
self-styled French singer (she’s the 
daughter of Solly Pernick, busi- 
ness manager of Local 1, Interna- 
tional Alliance of Theatrical S.tage 
Employees), is only mildly effec- 
tive as a purveyor of the oo-la-la. 
She’s got a pleasant piping quality 

which she enhances with a cute 
growl for s.a. impact, but it still 
doeSn,‘t pull her above the so-so 
level. It's an average turn lack- 
ing the distinction or excitement 
found in so many other “Pari 
sienne” warblers. 

Her- songalog follows the fa- 
miliar Frenchie ' pattern. She 
opens with a rhythmic “There’s 
Something About 


, - Paris” (pro- 
monies will be apportioned over follows 

the five major events plus the wild Pigalle, into which she iu 


horse race. 


Laszlo Halasz, former N. Y. City 
Qpera Co, music director, will be 
guest conductor with Les Concerts 
Sympiioniques de Montreal,** July 8. 1 proved. 


into 

tersperses' weak carbons of Che 
valler and Piaf, and closes set with 
a too hBavily accented Americaii 
tune, “Why Shouldn’t I.” Encorq 
is an okay rendition of “Fjfi.” 

Gal’s -a big blonde* and a looker. 
Gowning,, however, should be ira 

Groj. 


LAURIE *LAYTON 
Songs • 

7 Mins. 

La Vie en Rose, N, Y. 

Laurie Layton,, an attractive 
blonde, has the start of an act that 
shpuld take her places along the 
Intimerie route. Miss Layton has 
a good delivery of standards and 
shows well-tutored tonsils. She 
also shows- a dramatic sense that 
adds to her value in the small 
rooms. 

Miss Layton is well coilfed and 
garbed and,- is eligible for work in 
otheT chichi spots. Jose, 


Tourist Gyps 

ContjtnueE from page 3 


study restaurant checks to note if 
service hasn’t already been adde^ 
Otherwise double-tipping, not ob- 
jected to by waiters, occurs. Cer- 
tain niteriies Stack table with cham- 
pagne bottle or bottles (usually 
champagjne Is, pf second or third 
class). This is automatically 
francs ($15), Othpr drinks or bet- 
ter. champagne can be obtained u 
tourist is insistent. , 

Cafes don?t like serving food on 
terrace, as there is no cover 
charge at outside cafe tables. 
suit is that, they refuse to serve 
much more than coffee, drinks ana 
ice cream. Ask foy a plate of straw- 
berries and there will be a uwl 
P assport scandal of two years 
ago stiU serves as object lesson in 
thinkfing twice. Racketeer had act 
of waiting by exit gate of arriving 
boat-trains in stations. As tou^ 
ists, bewildered by customs ana 
other red-tape,' came through, no 
would demand: “Passports, please. 
Passports, please.” Travellers obe- 
diently came across and surren- 
dered traveling papers. They 
we.re returned. Hot American P« ' 
ports sold for $2,000. at the tim . 

Swltcli-of-francs racket was 
worked by some Americans un 
police wised up. The 

would buy N, Y.-to-PariS'Rir- tickets 
with black market francs, and ti 
resplLthem at great profit througn 
: an agent in N; Y. 


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Goldmine Comlm of H^O 



‘‘Where'S' Charley?'* (WB), re- 
viewed in current issue. 


AH Mil intro to tjhiO water turn by 
Min# faring and Wayne, but li 
sufficiently good to stand on its 
own. The showbacking is by Fred 
Gulley's orch, and John McKnight 
d^s the commentary In an engag- 
ing manner. 

y,, the Seventh .year, .Producer 

jjlliott Murphy has been combln- Stitts and proceedings arc 

ing stage and water aeti Into a designed along lines of a revue 
happy and prosperous combination i^hoard ship. Jose. 

»t the Flushing Meadows Amphi- 
theatre, Htmll, N. 

;ftose show at the 193B-40 x^, ; i. f^pieasure Bound/' produced hy 
Worlds Fair. Murphy’s Aquashow jc^eon Leonidoff, with The 4 Step 
has reached the status of a going jgyos.. Tom tc Jerry, Kohert Shack- 
concern that’s become . a weather- icton, Norman Wyatt, Choral Fn- 
oermitting. goldmine }n this. area, semhle, Rockeites, Corps de Ballet; 
It's a display that draws rej^at settinys, James Stewart Morcom; 
trade even though the format has costumes designed by Frank Spenc- 
become fairly well set. Net result executed, by. H. Rogge; lighting 
is a pleasant evening in ;the open, effects, Bugene Braun; special 
With each ' succeeding year, lyrics, Al SUtlman; dances,, Jlussell 
Murphy has been ’ investing larger Markert; Music Hall Symphony 
turns in his acts*. He now buys Orch .directed by Raymond^ Paige; 
the top talent available for this 
session and the headliners are be- 
ginning to respond. Prospect of 

easy hours with one show nightly »?pieasure Bound,” the Music 
is a lure that -many succumb to. Hall's hew stage layout, Is a topi- 
The outlay for top talent is made cal presentation that neatly blends 
possible by the large capacity of some seaside scenery with the 
this spot. With 8,272 seats, Murphy rousing pageantry of colonial Wil- 
can come • out ahead (weather i^r- Uamsburg.. Beach resort sequences 
mitting) at admissions from oOc in this Leon Leonidoff production 
to $1.25 plus tax. It’s the low-price are refreshingly executed while the 
policy that's become pne of the historical Williamsburg scenes tie 
major factors in inducing family in with Friday’s (4) Independence 
trade. . Day' observance. 

The current display compares An old-fashioned steam train, 
excellently, with .previous Murphy moving slowly- across- the stage 
efforts. The layout is well paced -yyith a load of holidayers, serves to 
and has the right proportions of get the session underway* Rock- 
aquatic and landlubber .acts, The ettes follow, with their sock pre- 
cision, work .in dances by Russell 
Markert. Also in the beach motif 
Elliott Murphy Production, with are the acrobatics, of Tom & Jerry. 
Jack Carter, Borrah Minevitch Posing as lifeguards, the male team 
Harmonica Rascals with Johnny snappily contribute a flock of 
Puleo; Di Mattiazzis (2), 5 Aman- somersaults, lifts, etc., on a - special 
dis, Basile k Martinet, Fred Culley stand for a tidy audience salvo. 
prch with Gordon Goodman; John *>On the’ BoabdWalk”^ bit cap- 
McKnight,- Aquadorabies (24), tures the flavor Of Atlantic City 
Aquazanies (Frank Campin, Jim -vvrth beach umbrellas, bathers and 
Cosmoe, George' Bronks, George posters'-plus realistic wave effects 
Cronin, Lee Levin,- Smiley Can- in the background. For this pro- 
non), June Earing, Bobby Wayne, duction number Robert Shackleton 
Hazel Barr, Betty. Harrison^ Whttey creditably warbles some special 
Hart, Stan Dudek, John Faiixiras> lyrics that weave in excerpts from 
Marshall .Wavne, Clint Osborne, such “girl” • -tunes as'”Margl 
Len Carney, Fitxstminqns SUters “Rosalie,” etc. He also does a 
(2); dances, 'Bobby Knapp, mting “Here in My Heart” and 
Opened June 24, '52; 11.25 top. joins with the choral ensemble in 

a brisk “How High the Moon.” 

Pour Step Bros., standard Negro 
divers are virtually the same hoofing turn, provide a change of 
who've played here the past few pace between the show’s • two 
seasons. This contingent hasn’t de- themes. Though their spirited 
veloped any new twists to the high- stepping and challenge work are' 
board capers, but the dives are familar to most vaude patrons, the 
done virtually to perfection and group manages to endow the rou- 
are always applause-wixmig items tines with an aura of proficiency 
on this display. The Aquazanies, that’s invariably good for top re- 
a troupe of comedy divers, how- turns 

«rs. The comedy Ml. »« expert iJd 

well »nLved““*’ ««U.tlc sets, It'^re^rl.lntt » tri- 

V I conceived. umph of Music Hall presentation. 

Despite the fact that they com- RaHet, in billowing red and white 
prise only one element in the reversible skirts, supply a patriotic 
show,, its probable that they are fiujp does a reprise of historical 
fi?® attractions m scents behind a scrim. But the 

the spot. The plungers present a pjece de resistance is some excel- 
V® lently sifaiulated fireworks over the 

“governor’s palace.” ’ 

Wayne, Whitney Hart, Betty Harri- 
son, Stan Dudek,' John Edwards, 

£llnt Osborne’ and Len Carney. 

’The comedy contingent comprises 
Frank Campisi, Jim Co'smoe, 

George Cronin George Bronks Pleasure Bound,’ is one of 

the Hall’s better hot weather stage 


Billy Daniels with Bctinv Payne; 
Pat Henning. Arnold jShoda, And 7 *a' 
McLaughlin, Triric, Jay Conley, 
Gae Foster Roxyettes, H* Leopold 
Spitalny Singers; “Wait ‘Til The 
Sun Shines, Nellie” (20th-For), re- 
viewed in Vajoety May 28, ’52. 

Along with resumption qf the 
ice. shows for the summe]^’ season, 
booker Sammy Rauch has lined up 
a potent bill for the Roxy’s current ! 
stage attractiofi, It’s solid all ^he 
way with plenty of speed, spectacle 
and prod.uction gloss to furnish 
first-rank variety values. 

Topllner Billy- Daniels shows his 
class by closing this show ori a 
climactic peak after following one 
of the better ice presentatloiK and 
qomedian Pat Henning. Wbrking 
with . his pianist and arranger, 
Bepny Payne, Daniels socks across 
a songalog with an impact that few 
modern-day Vocalists can equal. 

Daniels sells every second rand 
it makes no difference whether it’s 
a ballad; a rhythm niimbei^ or an 
item like ‘^My Yiddislie Mama.” He 
delivers eight numbers, duetting 
with Payne on a couple, and finish- 
ing off with his smash trademark, 
“Old Black Magic.” Latter tune is 
aided and ‘abette.d considerably by | 
the production background in 
which the whole Roxyette line 
shadows the Daniels’ gesturing. It’s 
a begoff routine. ' • 

Pat Hepning, who was here the 
last time as the' -betw^en-changfeS 
comic for Josephine Baker,, again 
hits with his patter and mimicry 
turn. ' Henning's ’ routine has re^- 
mained intact for the last; couple 
of years but it's the kind that 
doesn’t grow stale .with repetition. 
He's still working the eyebrows 

J ag, the series of short carbons of 
immy Cagney, Edward G. Rpbah- 
son, Lionel Barrymore, etc’., and 
his finale impression of an Irish 
parade. 

The bladestcr .performers cover 
.the show’s foresection with another 
well-balanced layout; In the open- 
ing spot, Andta McLaughlin essays 
some rhythm skating with plenty 
of eye appeal and high s.a. rating 
(see New Acts). 

Trixie, a standard ice performer, 
is another standout with her tricky 
juggling stunts. Gal tbsScs up six 
plates, juggles strawhats and bal- 
ances a ball on top of a stick in 
several variations while moving on 
the ice for strong mitting through- 
out. 

In the ballet genre, Arnold 
Shoda caps this part of the show 
with his hoofing finesse. Coming 
on after a “Kiss of Fire” produc- 
tion number featuring Joy Conley J 
as solo vocalist, Shoda gives a 
superlative demonstration of ice- 
stepping to a bolero number. It’s 
a dramatic item. A dance duet by 
a couple of unbilled male skaters 
to “Walking My Baby Back Home” 
also hits nicely. 

Overall production on the show 
is excellent from th# costuming to 
the line’s choreography. Opening 
number, “Ragtime Cowboy Joe,” in 
which the line does a western 
routine, is especially effective. 

Herm. 


‘delivery stands way above the ma- 
‘tariaL Gabi, blonde chanteuse, is 
reviewed in New Acts, 

In the next-torclosing niche, Ed- 
die White hits mildly with '^^tage 
patter. His yams concerning 
mother-in-law, family, etc*, follow 
a well-trod path but he hits hard 
on each and manages to tickle aud 
trisibilitics. Also belts but “Glory 
of Love*' and “Wait For Me, Miry” 
in the Accepted minstrel manner. 
The three Edwards Bros, , dose 
neatly with some classy aero §tunts. 
Their biz of opening with brief 
piano interlude lends a surprise 
note to the topnotch balancing 
which follows, Jo Lombardi’s 
house band backs in top-drawer 
style. ’ Gros. 


Lee Levin and Smiley Cannon. 

In. addition, the precision ’swim 
filing of the 24 Aquadorables is 
of spectacle proportions. Routines 
are well designed and are run off 
with a smoothness that belied the 
customary opening-night rough 
spots. 


offerings. 


Gilb. 


CwpUol, Wash. 

Washington, June 29. 

Rudy Vallee, Dorothy Samoff, 
Paul Gray, Mage k Karr; ''Out- 
casts of Poker Flat” (20th), 

This is a. class show, and it is 
luring the carriage trade to the 
big TF St. showcase. Headliners 
Rudy ‘Yallee 'and Dorothy Sarnoff 
(latter new acts) would rate at- 
tention an the best niteries. Oh 
Capitol stage they .garner kudos 
with; routines skillfully tailored for 
pop tastes. 

Rudy Vallee starts a bit slowly 
with the bobbysoxers of today. 
However, he gradually wins them 
with his smooth and easy style 
arid builds for a boff finish. His 
is’ certainly pot the “family type” 
entertainment beloved of this 
house, particularly since he can’t 
resist tossing in a blueish gag here 
and there, a la his supper - club 
routine. And style Is definitely far 
more sophisticated ‘ than th6 usual 
fare here. But 'Vallee continues to 
be ah entertainer of polish and 
grace, with a keen sense pf timing 
arid showmanship in every Inch of 
his Esquire self. 

At show caught, he failed to 
wear the bright red dinner jacket 
which set the galleries agog in 
earlier shows. His bright, blonder- 
than-ever hair and his immaculate 
attire are well suited to the act. 
Warms up with .his theme song, 
‘My Time is Your Time,” and 
goes on to a cOmic tuim about a 
two-headed girl, with a nonsense 
recitation to music. Actually, this 
is low comedy contrasting effec- 
tively with his elegant air, but it 
falls flat with Capitol payees, who 
take their humor in less subtle 
fashion. Really gets going with . a 


the original category. I^his it • ‘ 
fairish acL which might: gain with 
more experience. 

Earlier half of the, progratn it 
closed by a 20rminuti stint froni 
the Jack Famell Music Makers. 
This is a youngs noisy combo which 
again has the front-stall stubhold- 
ers looking for ear-wool, ^though* 
it may'sonnd okay in far rea^ea 
of the house^ FavfieU> hlpasieiiE' ani 
ace drummer, does a session at th* 
.sticks^ • and engages •. ip .dnet^ - 
“Take A Letter Um G»nith;” ■ with 
new chirper Lorna .’IjlaVe»A^^ VocaL 
chores are also taken care of by.: 
the singing group, vthe Bong Bed^*‘ 
lars, two guys and two femmes>. 
whose novelty number is ’‘Ojck 
Robin,” - 

Paula . Coutts, young gal from, 
Australia, proves herself ; fairly, 
adept at juggling in her afteij-the- 
interval spot’. Femme 'weart top- 
hat, tails and Ughts ; and sports . an ‘ 
unusual head of ’brunet ., curls.; Clay-t 
ton A: "Ward, show opeh’ers, are av*- 
erage hoofers, the distaff member’i 
tapping easily outclassing her old- 
er and rather breathless partner. " ■ 

Miss Horne again receives a 
warm welcome ’ in her’ headlining 
act, in which she is , bcautifvUly 
gowned and uses histrionics to 
marked degree* She sways her 
fans with “Beale Street Blues,” 
“Jericho,” “Lady'Is^a Tramp” and 
“Bewitched.” * , Gor^ 



A Night lat Hmvmnji 

(CLOVEH CLDB, mIaMX) 
Miami, Jtlne 29. 
Mercedes k Juancito, Peggy 
Genders k James Viera, June Terry 

Tomack, Jerry Paulox, LygUn' Lora, 
Roberto Iglesias k Aida, Sunny 
Rios, Dolores Harper i6ith Clyde 
Booker k Lou Smith, N and Dark- 
en Jack Laihe, 'Rosemary Furh* 
'mann, Barry Bel Rae, Fred Keck, 
Adrienne Shields. Produced and . 
staged by Carlyle; choreography, 
Peggy Genders; wardrobe, Mm'e. 
Bertha; music and lyrics, Carlyle, 
Charles Scheuer. 


Cusiito^ Toronto 

Toronto, June 28. 
Giselle MacKenize, Bobby Win- 
ters, Grace k Mickey Carroll, Joe 
Laurel, Billie k Gene Lambert, 


pquad is. topped by Jimmie Cameron, Archie Stone 

me individual aquaterps of June House Orch; "Okinawa" (Col). 
naring, who does a pleasing Jsolo 
in the pool and an okay duo with ,, __ 

assistance by Bobby JKnapp. The . 

Fitzsimmons Sisters (2) make a 

lively spl&sli in tiliftii* snot show find 'the former AtAirio Lflozs 

>??“ ssiia" e 

Casino. She is surrounded by a 

the shmi? a stage package which, in swlft- 

me snow was lengthened by the rUvpi^itv never allows a let 

presentation of former Olympic Paced diveisity, never auows a lei 

champs, Carter came on at about * ^ h-,nnv 

1 ^^^® when many had their fill Grace & Mickey Carroll, a ^appy 
of show. He had to work furiously 9.9 of kids, open 
to arouse interest, but ultimately jitterbug tap, then into energetic 

tlio mob. He did comparatively occentics with a finish to 

in a spot as large as this ?arade of ttip 
where broad sight stuff, is needed "Via girl s doll dance and boy s arm 
to. get across. jerking trooper. 

The Minevitch Rascals have little. doe Laurel, Scots com^iaff, ttoes 
difficulty albeit some of . the sub- drunken patter a terrific j^lcepff 
Reties in Johnny Puleo’s panto- pP 

• ure lost. This mouth-organ Billie & Jean Rambert 

mob passes muster both musically fine slow-motion aoro^tics 

comcdiciillv for too rosulls the tftblCf plus lots l)f comedy 

^ Openers in the vUe^coSent hiz Bobby Winters ia a ptoaser 
are the Fk^e Am'andis, a skiUed .>vith his nonchalant gum-chevdng 
teeterboard turn who pull some amid juggling of clubs, tennis balls 
f.^^®tknt stunts and hit a top mit- and tamborines. 
img. The Di Mattiazzis (2) similar- As singing m.c., Jimmie Cameron 
:J;..^®poive a top applause quotient admirably ekippers the bill, with 
'Vito their mechanical doll act. . all- acts getting neat support from 
X. ‘^pother turn Is by Basile k Mar- the vArchie Stone house orch. 
tifiet, whose ballet serves -primarily-l • -MeStayi 


Pnlace, N. Y. 

Wong Sisters (2), The Work- 
mans (2)', Sully k Thomas, Gabi, 
Ross Wyse, Jr., k June Mann, Ciro 
Rimac k Co.* (3), Eddie White, 
Edwards Bros. (3), Jo Lombardi 
Qrch; "Just Across The Street" 
(U), reviewed in Variety May 28, 
'52. 


The Palace has come up ^vith a 
lightweight bill this time out. How- 
ever, it’s an okay eight-actervWhich 
never hits the peaks but- gravels 
smoothly in a pleasing groove. 

One of the high spots is tlie Giro 
Rimac turn. Coming up sixth, 
Rimac switches pace of the show 
with' an exciting Latinp routine. 
He’s assisted by two femme lookers 
and an agile male terper in a set 
that includes south-of-the-border 
dancing and singing. It’s a color- 
ful • and rhythmic quarter-hour 
good for solid mitts. Rimac sparks 
th'e act throughout and hits big hs 
he works through ‘the Brazilian 
samba with one of the gals and a 
jitterbug challenge with the male 
aide. 

Ross Wyse, Jr., & June Mann, 
who precede Rimac, are also clicko 
in their comedy acroterplng bit. 
Each piece of business is deftly 
executed to nab top aud response. 
Wyse and his pard, a king-size 
miss, create a ludicrous picture as 
they attempt to go through some 
of the more difficult terp patterns. 

The. two Wong Sisters, Oriental 
acrodancers, tec off easily in 
brisk turn. It’s routine stuff but 
it moves fast and the gals are easy 
on the eyes. The Woriunans, Dave 
and Dotty, are spotted in the deuce. 
Their standard novelty miisicale is 
a surefire pleaser. Duo get some 
interesting sounds out- of glasses, 
Swiss cowbells and a silly offbeat 
instrument called a thistle-whistle. 
Sully 8c Thomas follow with an 
I average comedy set in ’ which the 


Carlyle, vet stager — locally and. 
in Havana — has come up with a 
unit idea that makes for fast, furi- 
ous and colorfully authentic Cu- 
bano dance and song,* With som# 
.alteration, notably along the coin- 
- _ _ _ , edy line and revision of the .“book’* 

sample of his virtuosity pn the in the early portion, it should be a 
sax, much to deUght of the mature welcome attraction for , the bigger 
section of the galleries, spots looking for new faces and 

From here on in, Vallee has the ideas. 

large house wito ■ Basically, the revue features 'a 

''’^sit to three top Havana spots, and 
conccntratcs on presenting the type 
of his past hits of show featured in each. Them^ 

I m- In Love With You, serves to present the talent in tem-r 


Lover,” . 

change of pace that add to 
Lattw medley strikes a nostalgic and-interest build, plussed by th# 

authentic air of the native sonc- 
warhling and styling for any time dance versions 
or place. Wraps it all up with the versions. 

“MAine Stein Song,” with a hep ^ Outstanders are easily Roberto 
clapping gimmick added, and .walks Iglesias Sc Aida. Their specialty 
off with his cocky nonchalance to Js flamenco dancing with .the male 
tune of much’mitt action. 

Comic Paul Gray does fine with the kind seen in these parts m 
a music-hall type of routine. His years. A lithe, fiery heel-^d-toer, 
gags are gently paced and mild, Jj®, works his ideas up to palm- 
hut they register well, and there’s bringing pUch to wrap up the pro- 
a constant accompaniment of audi- ceedlngs. Two routines, are Imaginr 
ehce giggles. His act is varied with ftive with technique on the cas- 
i few impressions, mostly for tenets adding to overall impact. . 
aughs, of the Ink Spots and Ronald Cock fight routine, featuring Do- 
Colmiin, and some sentimental lores Harper (ex-Katherine Dun- 
tunes, plus a good bit of double ham dancer), is another highlight, 
talk. His closing tune, “Back in She works with two lads, Clyde 
Youii Own Back Yard,” has a good Booker Sc Lou Smith, and staging 
bouncy ring and gives him fine is daring and breathtaking, holding 
sendoff, * the eye and bringing thp^table- 

Mage A.Rarr make suitable pace- pounding. Rest of cast out 

setters with their pleasant line of their assignments In fine '‘'f^oshion 
songs ahd dance. Their tOrping is with the finale, “"Sun Ba 

best part of the aet, and they Aye,” an exciting lyric-daubo-mu- 
garner In^ response for some fast sic invention that winds group 
footwork.^ Lowe. r.. 


into high returns. vv 

Costuming is bright and'^'differ- 
ent and overall production values 
are carefully utilized to take ad- 
vantage pf the sometimes limited 
space .when the full cast is on stage. 


Empire, Oln^gew 

Glasgow, June 24. 

Lena Horne, Clayton k Ward, 

Evy k Everto, Morecambe k Wise, x x j - 

Jack Parnell k Music Makers, with With addition of some comedy se- 

Jimmy Watson and Ronnie Scott; •S'^f^®®’ v, ^®x ®-^fi 

The Song Pedlars (4), Paula ffntel rooms looking for unit ideas. 

Coutts, Bill Matthew Orch; twice . Lary. 

nightly. 


For her second week here, Lena 
Home, a top favorite with Scots, 
has the small advantage of a riight- 
ly stronger support bill than in her 
first week’s stint. But the acts, 
on the whole, are not in any top- 
grade class, and with Miss Home 
out, the names would have littlb 
drawing power. 

Best in the smaller plass is a 


O’stas Aid 


Continue* from 


id' I . 

pate 7 p- 


cal year, is to be pillowed only about 
$7,000,000. 

Since Edwards* unit has been be- 
low authorized personnel strength, 
there will not be too much drop in 
Continental turn, Evy & Everto, a personnel.’ Howbver, the produc- 
boy and gal who use unicytles and tion an,d distribution of information 
bicycles of unusual design arid va- and propaganda pix will be but 
riety. Their strangest riiachme is back by more than 309o for some 
an LrShaped unicycle cm whkh the areas of the globe> Attempts will 

be made to keep the cuts small for • 
sollSy ^ ^ the “countries in the Far East, Mid- 

Morecambe Sc 'Wise are boys die East and some. parts of western 
from the north of England. They Europe, where this Government Is 
register* adequately with gags and trying its hardest to’ counteract 
routines^ not all of the latter In Communist propaganda.” • ^ 


UHBl'EiMATB 



Widow' $21,000, Toronto; Other Bams 


■ New Hope, Pt., Jiily 1. 

"Count Your Blessing^/' Aew 
hayseed dornedy by Carl 'Mild Ppr* 
oth'y Allensworfeh which played ' a 
debut at Backa' County Playhouse 
last weeki grossed g . snappy $6,200, 
Compared with house 13-year rec- 
ord $6,800, set the week before by 
Kitty Carlisle in "Lady," - was 
promising sendoff for the comedy. 
However, producer Theron Bam- 
berger and director Erra Stone 
arc withholding future plans pend- 
ing, rewrite. 

Currently at the Playhouse is 
"Lo and Behold,” John Patrick 
play with resident actor Bonald 
Telfer and Katharine Bard in top 
spots, director is Robert Caldwell. 

I .1 ■■ W .if 

*Widow" 210, Toronto 

Toronto, July It 

Smash first-week opening, with 
a gross of $21,000, marked teeoff 
of the second season here of 
Melody Pair in midtown Bufferin' 
Park, with arena-style tent load- 
ing off with "The Merry Widow,” 
co-starring Irrsu Petlna, Robert 
Shafer and Lois Hunt. On the first 
stanza of an 11-week, musical com- 
edy schedule, this is just $123 un- 
der the house record scored last 
season in the concluding week of 
"Show Boat.” 

With the second and third pro^ 
diictlons, "Kiss Me,- Kate*^ and 
"The Great Waltz," already rack- 
ing- a 60% sale, plus' some^ 800 sea- 
son subscribers at $3.40 to $1.50 
(including tax), it looks like a ban- 
ner tenure for the 1,640-armchair 
tent installation. . 


*Happy Time' $5,60#, Olney 
Olney, Md., July L 
Samuel Taylor’s dramatization of 
the Robert Fontaine novel, "Happy 
Time,” chalked up a pleasant $5,- 
600 last week at the Olney Theatre. 
Although that . was considerably 
less than Joan Blondell grossed the 
previous week in "Come Back Lit- 
tle Sheba,” its modest cost, sans 
star, left a comfortable margin of 
profit for the management. 

Strawhat really gets into stride 
with the Franklin-Banilova-Slaven- 
ska ballet package, preeming to- 
night (Tues.) with a healthy ad-- 
Vance. Ballet troupe is starting a 
summer circuit tour with the local 
appearance. 


'Berkeley' IQG Tenthouse 
Chicago, July 1, 

Tenthouse Theatre, Highland 
Park, -111., rang up a fine $10,000 
for the third production of the 
season, "Berkeley Square,” which 
closed June 29. 

Theatre in the round this week 
features "Ladles of the Jury.” 

. t 

'Carmen Jones’ SG, Hub 

Boston, July 1. 

"Carmen Jones” in first week of 
Boston Summer Theatre pulled 
only $5,000. House scaled at $1.20 
to $2.80. is a 917 seater. 

County Playhouse, Lee Falk and 
A1 Capp’s new spot in Framing- 
ham opens tonight (Tues.) with 
Melvyn Douglas In a new play, 
"Season with Ginger,” 

'Brooklyn' 35G, Balias 

Dallas, July 1. 

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn,” 
starring Shirley Booth, drew a fine 
$35,000 for its first week at the 
State Fair Musicals, through Sun- 
day (29). 

Aboul^- 20,000 patrons attended. 

Ml’ )« . ^ 

. Bus Beal for N. J. Barn 
New Hope, Pa., July 1. 

St. John ’Terrell,, who runs ex- 
cursion.!. buses from Philadelphia 
and Trenton to boost attendance 
for* each show at his 1,520-seat 
Music Circus at Lainbertville, N. J., 
across the Delaware, is advertising 
a day-long excursion to this area 
for July 4. Advertisements in Philly 
papers plug not only current show, 
"Carousel,” but also other attrac- 
tions both sides of the river in- 
cluding New Hope Fair, a speed- 
boat regatta, etc. Price of $11.10 
includes lunch, dinner and show. 

Busload business, started by Ter- 
rell three years ago, is in tryout 
stage at Bucks County Playhouse 
here, with one bus scheduled to 
bring patrons from Phillv Mondav 
(opening) nights. First week, two 
buses were needed. 


J. Allen Bowers is in charge of 
physical production, ^nd Borah Z. 
Buimah is « 

State’js other slrawhatters^ are 
the, fiam'iS-featuring ,. GJfn^::« . Bon 
S\^aiiri’s 'Hilltop Thkatfe'at^Ltlther- 
ville, and the Mountain Th^tre at 
Braddock Heights. 

Coincidental booking of "The 
Happy Time” last -week at b^th Ol- 
ney and Hilltop didn’t aftect either 
b.o., both houses reporting |;ood 
business. 

'Brir.' at Gateway 
• Atlantic City, July 1. 

"Brigadoon,” first musical dcf'the 
current seasonr will be offered by 
the Gateway Musical Playhouse in 
suburban ^mcirs Point tomorrow 
night (2). Four other musicals and 
four straight plays are stated for 
the season. 

Jonathan Dwight^ legit-pix direc- 
tor-producer, has taken the old 
night club, Gateway Casino, and 
transformed it into a legit theatre 
seating 800. It’s located midway, 
between here and. Ocean Cifyr. td 
draw from both, . jfesort areas. 
Dwight has put out nearly $35,000 
in renovating the s]^t. 

Assisting Lwighl, whn also 
operates 'a winter theatre in Flor- 
ida; are Edrie Sellick, music dircc- 
(Continued on. page 58 j 



Fourth Md. Barn 

Baltimore, July 1. 

New addition, the Pine Tree 
Players, at Avondale Farms, on the 
Baltimore - Washington Highway, ' 
one mile south of Laurel, will ■ 
bring the state’s total of bam em- ' 
poriums to four. New group, made 
up of selected talent from a wide 
assortment of college campuses, 
will open tomorrow (Wed.) with 
"My Sister Eileen.” Co-producer 
Rudolph Puglicse is the director. 


For Mnsical Tygmafioa' 
Lead hf Westport Stint 

Westport, Conn., July li 

Dolores Gray’s appearance . in 
"Pygmalion” at the Country Pla;sr- 
house here was essentially 'a 
gamble by the shapely .tunester 
for the Theatre GuiId'’‘S' Contem- 
plated musical version of the 
Bernard Sh^w play. Although she 
knows tliat;.Mary Martin is the 
Guild’s first choice, because of her 
profitable personal following. Miss 
Gray asked for this chance to 
show them. 

Consensus was that Miss Gray 
gave a sharp, glowing impersona- 
tion that consolidated all- of the 
impressions that her's Is a firih 
talent. It was her first major legit 
role and, directed with great care 
by John C. Wilson, she definitely 
made a strong bid for the musical 
a year away. Theresa Helburtt, co- 
director of the Guild, monitored 
the Westport performance, and 
Frederick Loewe, who ■mil do the 
book to Alan Jay Lemer’s music, 
was here also. 

Miss Gray’s Eliza Doolittle con- 
trasts notably with the memorable 
phonetic heroines of VRygnialioin” 
the past three decades, bringing a 
more romantic note to the proceed- 
ings than is generally delivered. 
Lynrt Fontanne was more Indig- 
nant than romantic, and RUth 
Chatterton in the late Auriol Lee’s 
excellent production was somewhat 
stagey*. Gertrude Lawrence’s more 
recent Eliza was highly competent, 
as was to be expected, but with no 
surprises. 

Rummaging in the vaults, Wil- 
son came upon the script used by 
Mrs. Patrick. Campbell in the ini- 
tial production, to which a cur- 
tain line was added at rehearsals 
upon her demands. Tills line 
breeds the speculative nOte*'hf ro- 
mance that is oftentimes missed 
in revivals. And WiiSori ahd Miss 
Gray pounced upon it happily. 

The skillful, determined , MisSJ 
Gray left no doubts 'Of -her *d 1U&' 
to meet.tlie demands of om? of the 
best' roles In current theatre. To 
fortify her preparations, she ob- 
tained a showing of Wendy Hil- 
ler’s film version of a decade ago 
and listened to a taping of Lynn 
Fontanne’s radio stint for the 
"Theatre Guild of the Air.” But, 
ably seconded by Wilson, she 
brought her own flourishes to the 
pai't, and neatly took her place In 
an illustratious gallery of Shavian 
ladies. Miss Gray is highly popu- 
lar in London and it is easy to sus- 
pect that her public there 'would 
like her Miss Doolittle. 

Of the others recruited by Wil- 
son for this Westport airing, Bram- 
vvell Fletcher stood out with his 
picturesque performance of Eliza’s 
gaudy father. Fletcher is a paint- 
er of some note offstage and he 
used the hues of his pallette to 
effect a striking makeup. The al- 
ways a u't h e n t i c Viola Roache 
added to the revival’s worthiness, 
but Tom Helmore was not up to 
standard as Professor Higgins. 

When Guild co-director Law- 
rence Langner returns from Lon- 
don next' week he will have dis- 
cussed the musical "Pygmalion” 
with Mary Martin, Bight now, ■ 
Dolores Gray almost has the job, j 

DouL J 


Melody Fair, opening last night 
(Tues.) outside DanburY^ Conn., is 
capitalized at $56,000. General 
partners in the venture are James 
Westerfield, who will stage ihe tent 
‘musicals, and' Stephen Rose, who-’H 
be producer.. Backets include Hose, 
with a $1V000' inv^Stnqent; Andrew 
Geoly,' of Eaves* Gbstume, $1,000; 
ringer Jim Hawthorne, $1,000^ and 
souvenir progtain agent Arthur 
Klar, $2,500. 

Westerfield was -stager and was 
partnered v/ith Ben Boyar two 
years ago in Melody Grove, -a mu- 
sical teijit located on the. Danbury 
fair grounds. That was' capltalt 
ized at $40,000, ' .but flopped at a 
loss- estimated at $50,000. Lajit 
summer a different management 
offered weekend musicals at the 
fair grounds. 



Set to Return 


There were two*' closings! last 
week. Both were hit shows', , both 
scheduled for reopening later this 
summer or in early fall. One was 
"Point of No Return,” which shut- 
tered .SUiturday night. (28) at the 
Alvin, N. Y., for a five-week hiatus. 
The other way the' second company 
of ‘^Mpon Is Blue,” which ’folded 
•the same night at the Harris, Chi- 
cago.' It's to be put on again in 
the fair, to tour the midwest and 
southwest; 

"Point,” Paul Osborn's dramati- 
zation of the. John B. Marquand-^ 
best-seller, starring Henry Fonda, 
hay played '29 weeks thus far, earn- 
ing a profit of about $55,(K)0 on an 
.investment, of $1(10^000; • After a 
brief return -run on' Broadway 
starting Aug. 4, the Leland Hay- 
ward. pi-oduction will probably be 
sent on the road with Fonda con- 
tinuing as star. 

"Moon,” the second company of 
the F. Hugh Herbert comedy; 
played 61 weeks in Chicago. It has 
thus far distributed $155,0(30 profit 
on its $60,000 investment, and has 
an estimated- $10,006. additional as- 
sets. Meanwhile, the original pro- 
duction, presented by Aldri^ & 
Myers, in association with Julius 
Fleischmann, continues on Broad- 
way, and a new company, starring 
David ^Niven and Diana Lynn, has 
been, formed by the Actors Co., at 
La Jolla, Cal., and will tour the 
Coast cities and the northwest. 

Ltneoh Shines Apin In 
111. as 'Forever This Land’ 
Bows Its Second Season 

By yiRGINIA DAVI§ 

New Salem, 111., July 1. 

On the hottest day of the year, 
June 27 (110 degrees in central 
Illinois),. "Forever This Land,” Il- 
linois’ historical symphonic drama, 
opened its second season in New 
Salem State Park. Gov. Adlai Ste- 
venson said, in opening the event, 
which he has been active in spon- 
soring, '“tell all your friends to 
potnel'Affd if you don’t like our air- 
bondifibhin'g, neither-do I.” (Earlier 
in'lhh ’day he ' had declined, as 
usual, ‘t& "accept a draft.”) 

But the crowd of about 1,800 
(capacity 3,000) liked the show. It 
was re-establishing contact with 
pioneer traditions, as the governor 
put it. In this area, where Abra- 
haip Lincoln’s name is on every 
signpost, out where his personal- 
ity is still elusive, it was satisfying 
to see the scenes of his six years 
in New Salem within the setUng 
of the park and village itself. 

The forces which acted on him 
in his twenties are revealed; the 
importance and beauty of the land; 
the growth, and decline * Of the 
towns Jis people moved west; his 
studies of grammar, surveying and 
law, with the encouragement of 
the schoolmaster; - his experiences 
as storekeeper, postmaster, rail- 
splitter, corn shucker; his discus- 
sions with Jack Kelso, the village 
philosopher (this character acts as 
narrator during the play); tlie kind- 
ness of Ann Rutledge; his captaincy 
in the Blackhawk Indian War. 

The show is expertly mounted, 
played out of doors on three stages 
in the spanking new Kelso Hollow 
Theatre. Written by Kermit Hun- 
ter, 'author of "Unto These Hills” 
and. "Horn in the West,” outdoor 
dramas produced in North . Caro- 
( Continued on page 58) 


July 2^ 1952 


. "KING AND r* 
(Aso/-Mfli/ 3lv'52J^ ., 

Investment 

! Distributed profit to date 

Total gross for last five weeks .................. 

Profit for last five weeks 

Total profit to date 

Gertrude Lawrence’s share (5.%, per contract)..,. 

Cash reserve ; 

Balance avaUable for distribution 


$360,000 

100,000 

258,494 

49,141 

261,053 

13,053 

25,000 

123.000 


"POINT OF NO RETURN’' 

(Asi of June 21/ •*5Z) 

Investment » $100,000 

Capital returned to backers 100,000 

Total gross, for last four weeks- ; 93.832 

Profit for last four weeks 3]89o 

Total profit to date 56,177 

■ Bonds and deposits - isisoo 

Cash reserve . , ? 10,000 

Balance available for distribution 30,877 


"AFFAIRS OF STATE” 

( Closed) 

Investment $50,000 

Distributed profit as of Dec. 29, ’51 206,000 

Additional profit as of same date 50,760 

Loss, for final 16 weeks of N. Y. run closing March ff, '52 159 

Loss' for first six Weeks, of tour, as of April. 19, '52 2,561 

Income from souvenir books 462 

Undistributed profit as of April 19, ’52.; 48,502 

(Includes $4,600' advance to co-producer Richard W. Krakeur, as his 
share of profits, secured by personal note.) 


,, "STALAG 17” 

(June 17, ’52) ' 

Investment - $50,000 


flneludes. show’s 40% share of $110)00ff film saje) 

Distributed profit 72,495 

'Prepaid tour expose ; 1,869 

Bonds and deposits ^ ; 8,860 

Additions assets* ; 81,538 


"ONE. BRIGHT DAY’' 

( Closed) . 

Investment 

J9roduction cost 

(Includes tryout loss, pre-opening expense) 

Total gross pf Broadway run (SVz’ weeks, closing April. 12,’ ’52) . 

Loss on Broadway run 

(Includes closing expense) 

Advance from stock; forrign rights . . 

Deficit 

Returned to backers 

Balance available ' /v . . . . . 

L 


$75,000 

58,348 

40,440 

9,226 

1,180 

66,394 

8,250 

•356 


Morton GottReb, general man- 
ager for . Gilbert Miller, sails for 
Europe tomorrow (Thurs.), on the 
maiden voyage of the United 
States. He’ll be gone about six 
weeks . . . Milton Baron, general 
manager' and production associate 
of Jose Ferrer, on a fishing vaca- 
tion at Phoenicia, N. Y. . . . 
Stage msnager - scripter Robert 
Downing writing a’ series of pro- 
files for his hometown paper, the 
Cedar Rapids' Gazette, on lowans 
in the theatre. 

Critical click of Katharine Hep- 
bum in Shaw’s "The Millionaires” 
in London last* week ’apparently 
means that the Theatre (^uild ■will 
go ahead with tentative plans to 
present the production on Broad- 
way next fall, or whenever the star 
is available. Incidentally, the play 
was' tried Out at the Westport 
(Conn.) Country Playhouse in 1938, 
with Jessie Royce Landis in the 
title part.. . . Producer Alexander 
H. Cohen has opened an office on 
Madison Ave., N. Y. . . . Herman 
Bernstein, gertteral, manager, for 
Leland Hayward, and Warren 
O’Hara, house manager of the Al- 
vin, N. Y., sail tomorrow (Thurs.) 
for a two-week vacation in Havana 
. . . Claire Luce will play the 
femme lead in "Jezebel's Hus- 
band,” opposite Claude Rains. 

Ben Washer, currently vacation- 
ing at Westhampton Beach, L. 1., 
v/ill pressagent "Deep Blue Sea,” 
Terence Raiiigan’s London hit, 
which Alfred dc LUgre and John 
C. Wilson will produce on Broad- 
way in the fall, with Margaret Sul- 
lavan in the role created by Peggy 
Ashcroft . . . Bill Doll left for the 
Coast over the weekend to plant 
national publicity for "Top Ba- 
nana,” "New Faces’* and the tour- 
I ing "Porgy and Bess.” While there, 
he and his actress-wife, Caren 
Marsh, will visit her parents . . 
Carmen Capalbo, stage manager 
for S. Hurok, recuperating in 
French Hospital, N. Y., after minor 
surgery . . . Judith Evelyn, who re- 
cently closed in "The Shrike,” va- 
cationing in France. 

Producer Gertrude Macy, who 
planed yesterday (Tues.) to Europe 
for a month’s vacation, V'ill. visit' 
London to arrange a West End edi- 
tion of "I Am a Camera,” ,Tohn van 
Druten hit which- she and Walter 
Starckc • are co-presenting at the 
Empire, N. Y. . . . After a show- 
catching orgy in London, theatri- 
cal attorney L. Arnold Weissbcrgcr 
.visited Paris and is now in the 
south of France . . . Carol Chan- 
ning, who recently closed in "Gen- 
tlemen Prefer Blondes,” vacation- 


ing in Bermuda . . . "See How They 
Run,” Philip King, farce originally 
produced in London* In 1945 and 
presented extenrive^y in strawhats 
in the U, S-, has been acquired for 
Broadway by Peter Glenn and 
John Yorke. 

Anthony Qufnn is propping a 
fall tour of Cervantes’ "Don Quix- 
ote,” i;a which he'll star, with Akim 
Tamiroff. as Sancho Panza. Preston 
Sturges is adapting .the play for 
arena- presentation. 

Jus Addlas has been signed to 
direct “Jose|>hine,” new Sally Ben- 
son play which is slated to bow at 
the Booth Theatre, N. Y., Oct. 1 
after ‘ tryouts in .Boston, Phila- 
delphia and Hartford. Thaddeus 
^ski will produce; SJeript is based 
bn five F. Scott Fitzgerald stories. 

Albert Liitville, currently play- 
ing in "A Tree Grows in Brooldyn” 
at State Fair Musicals, .Dallas, will 
b.e held over -for a role in "The 
Student Prince,” July 7-20. Frank- 
lin Kennedy, chorus regular in the 
summer musicals, has been upped 
to tlie Detlef role in "Prince.” 
Kennedy had , a daily LBS radio 
show until the net folded in May. 

■William' WariHeld and Leontyne 
Price, who play the title roles of 
the current "Porgy and Bess,” be- 
came engaged last weekend. 

Foote Dickering Booth 
For Ferber ‘So Big’ Drama 

Dallas, July 1. 

Horton Foote, author of "The 
Chase,” melodrama which had a 
brief Broadway run last spring as 
a production of Jose Ferrer, vvas 
here last weekend to confer with 
Shirley Booth about starring in "So 
Big,” a musical version of. the Edna 
Ferher novel,, for which he has 
written the book. Actress is cur- 
rently playing her original role of 
Aunt Cissy In. the State Fair Musi- 
cals revival here of "Tree Grows m 
Brooklyn.” Foote lives In Phoenix. 

If Miss Booth were to do the 
Foote play, it would presumably 
have to wait until at least next 
winter, and possibly indefinitely 
after that. Actress is first com- 
mitted to play the lead in ' "Time 
of the Cuckoo,” Arthur Laurents 
drama to be produced by Robert 
Whitehead and Walter Fried, 


Malcolm Atterbury. actor-owmer 
of the Albany, N. Y., Playhouse, 
will be In the supporting cast tor 
Dorothy Gish in "The Man.” 



^ Jttly 195!l 

Equity. 

Coolto Idea 

► 

With the passage yesterday 
/Tues) of the deadline for adop- 
}lon of a five-hranch merger of 
the eastern performer., unions, 
Sospects for, affirmative action on 
the moposal on ,the part of Actot^ 
Eouity are figured increasingly re- 
mote. Despite vo^te on .^everal oc- 
casions by the Equity 'Oouncll m 
favor of such a tieup, the legit 
union’s governing body is now 
understood to be only lukewarm 
on the subject. 

It’s considered significant that 
at this critical period in the situa- 
tion, Ralph Bellamy, recently 
elected Equity president and here- 
tofore believed to be a strong pro- 
ponent of five-branch merger, has 
gone away on a six-week, vacation 
cruise. The council is nqt expected 
to take any vigorous stand on the 
matter during his absence. 

Recent appointment of 'Newpoid 
Morris as special assistant to 
Bellamy, specializing on the 
merger, has apparently brought 
little tangible result. Angus Dun- 
can, acting executive secretary 
since the exit of Louis iM. Simon 
last spring. Is regarded as favor- 
ing the five-branch; merger and is 
said to be supporting Morris on 
the question. But Rebecca Brown- 
stein, the union’s attorney, is un- 
derstood to be opposed to the idea, 
as are several other Icey members 
of the staff. Miss Brownstelh,' In 
particular, has reportedly had sev- 
eral tactical skirmishes with Mor- 
ris on the quesRbn. 

Although- there’s b^cn no direct 
expression of council sentiment oh 
-the merger proposal recently, it's 
figured that the group’s' moOd may 
have changed since thejlast annual 
(Continued on page, 58) 

’Bit Hajrer’ Mrs. FDR Joins 
John Golden Ahinini’ For 
His 78th Birthday Fete 

John Golden was .hosted at jl 
luncheon at Satdi's, N. Y., last 
Thursday - (26), tossed by Elliott 
Nugent, Martha Scott and Robert 
Breston, stars of *‘The Male Ani- 
mel,” which <5olden • is producing 
at the Music Box- Theatre follow- 
ing its two weeks’ City Center run 
last spring. 

Occasion was the showman’s 78th 
birthday, and fellow guests includ- 
ed stars of previous Golden pro- 
duction was hre working in town. 
Nugent emceed the affair, with 
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt on hand for 
the celebration. She qualified -as 
a Golden “player,” since ^he went 
on in a bit for Myrna Loy when 
“The Army Play by Play” was done 
for the late President Roosevelt at 
Hyde Park. Gertrude ■ Lawrence 
brought along a Siamese crockery 
cat similar to the tabby of “Susan 
and God.” 

Golden sang a Chinese song he 
wrote many years ago and did a 
little reminiscing on his past the- 
atrical experience. At the lunch- 
eon’s close he was unanimously 
nominated for IT. S. President. 

George Abbott (“I used to get 
$15 a week and felt overpaid,” 
he said); Ruth Gordon, Claudia and 
Ralph Morgan, Peggy Wood, Fran- 
cme Larrimore, Eddie Dowling 
Frances Starr, Helen Claire, Helen 
Menken, Bert dLytell, Paula Stone 
(representing her dad, Ered, and 
Carol), Donald Cook, J'ules 
Munshin, Chester Morris,* Harry 
Townes, Regina- Wallace, Matt 
Briggs, Dorothy Blackburn 'and 
Louis Lotito were also in attend.- 
^ce. Lotito was bookboy at the 
Hippodrome as kid on Golden mu- 
sicals. The “Male Anipiiar* cast 
presented the producer wiiJi a sil- 
( Continued on page 57) 

Greensboro Arena .to Bow 
10-Week Run With ‘Horse’ 

Greensboro, N. C., July 1. 

Carolina Arena Playhouse 

Will open here July 8 for 10 weeks, 

according to Frances Newton, pro- 

uucer. Troupe claims to be the 

only professional resident company 

oetween Lost Colony and Chero- 

Opening show will be “Three 

Men On a Horse.” Playhouse has 

a gating capacity of 300. 

Director will be William Toben- 

New York, who directed 

Jie Green drama, “Faith of 

.^^jhers,” during its two-year 

n in Washington. Marty Jacobs 

roof technical di- 

rector. 


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Miami Cameo Darkens As 
Fixer Naish Cancels Date 

^ Miami Beach, July 1. 

Cancellation'.by J. Carroll Naish 
of date to play lead In “A Slight 
Case of Murder” caused darkening 
of Cameo Playhouse,- with the big 
July fourth weekend coming up. 
Producers Sandy Scott and Nick 
Condos will keep house dark until 
mid- July, when . Martha Raye 
comes in with “Annie Get Your 
Gun.” 

Producers had looked to a 
healthy week’s business what with 
Naish stealing Ideal reviews in pic 
“Clash, by Night,” He had been 
committed to' the date by William 
Morris agency, but wired denial of 
booking. Cameo .Playhouse." ops 
had taken -a licking on, last week’s 
production of “The iPlay’s the 
Thing,” with Uta Hagen, Luther 
Adler, Romney Brent, ' Herbert 
Rerghof and Paiila Laurchce, and 
were Iq^king to recoup dn«'‘A 
Slight (Jase of Mutder.” 



*• In a move to hypo '■buslnfiss at 
his two-ply shows at the Marine 

Stadium, Jones Beach, L. I., pro- 
ducer Michael Todd is doing what 
He describes as “bringing the box- 
qfficc to the people." In a deal 
with George R, Skouras, of Skour- 
as Theatres,^. 'he has arranged to 
use the boxoffice of the -closed 
Rivoli Theatre,, N. Y., to sell tick- 
ets for his “Night in Venice” op- 
eretta and! ' the marine circus. 
He’ll also use the boxoffice of vari- 
ous dark Skouras houses, on Long 
Island for ^similar sale. * 

Iri Addition, • the producer will 
send promotion reps by gondola 
to various Long Island shore towns 
to ballyhob ' “Venice" and the 
sVimmlng. show. -He’s "convinced 
that in good weather there’s ample 
business from what he calls the 
“captive audience" ' of regular 
Jones Beach visitors, including 
tourist^. But from the first, - the 
headache in the operation has been 
the possibility of rainy, or. even 
cold and threatening weather. He 
hopes to counteract that adverse 
factor by pushing ticket sales at 
the boxojffices of the Rivoli on 
Broadway and the other Skouras 
theatres, plus other special ar- 
rangements he hopes to make. 

. Although attendance was large' 
at the .Rodger;?-Hammerstein night 
Monday (30), the first of an an- 
nounced series of weekly concerts 
at the Marine Stadium, Todd 
would prefer to present “Venice" 
that night, making it a scvfcn- 
nights-a-week show. However, that 
would require a waiver of Equity’s 
six-night rule, so he will appeal 
to the union for necessary permis- 
sion. Even the nightly operation, 
he notes, would involve only seven 
performances a week, as “Venice" 
plays no matinees. 

Swim show, which is under 
American Guild of Variety Artists 
jurisdiction, 'will • be presented 
every afternoon at the water sta- 
dium, starting tomorrow (Thurs.). 

New Haven Pops in Okay 
Start With Jane Pickens 

New Haven, July 1. 

Annual Pop Concert Series got 
off to an okay start at the Yale 
Bowl last Tuesday (24), pulling an 
estimated 11,000 patrons to pro- 
gram headed by Jane Pickens, 
with Harry Berman , conducting the 
New Haven Symphony. 

Balance of schedule includes 
Benny Goodman (July 8); Sarah 
Vaughan and Barber Shop Chorus 
(22); Earl Wrightson, Carolyn Long 
(29); Jesus Maria Sanroma, Con- 
chita Gaston, with Emerson Buck- 
ley conducting (Aug. 12); Charles 
Kullman, Mary Henderson, with 
Frank Brieff conducting (24), 

Series is managed by the New 
Haven Junior Chamber of Com- 
merce. Richard C. Lee is repeat- 
ing as master of ceremonies. Scale 
has :F1-20 top. 


Loder-'Min^’ Tees Off 


New 


Mt Kisco Sbrawhat Mgt. 

Westchester Playhouse, Mt. 
Kisco, N, * Y., which has been op-s 
crated by various managerrients in 
the last 20 years, has been leased 
by Barton H. and John P. Emmet, 
and opens, next Monday (7) with 
a revival of Terence Rattigan’s “Q 
Mistress Mine,” -starring: J!ohn 
Loder. An eight-week season of 
guest-star revivals will close Aug,. 
30. Top will be $3.60, ' ^ 

Frank Fleming is resident direc- 
tor. 


lOO&PhiOy Playhouse, 
first City-Underwritten 
Legit, in Impressive Bow 

Philadelphia, July 1. 

Philadelphia’s first theatre-in- 
the-round drew unanimous ap-. 
proval at its debut last night ("30) 
before a toggy. audiehce of first 
families' ' and political lights. No 
dissenting voice greeted the final 
blackout of “Gqodbye My Fancy,” 
starring Sylvia Sidney and Conrad 
Nagel to launch the first municipal- 
ly-spbnsOred theatre in the United 
States, 

Mayor Joseph .SilDClark, Jr., and 
other speakers pointed out the 
appropriateness of a city-sponsored- 
theatre here, in a town which 
houses the Walnut St. ,a;'heatre, 
oldest playhouse in the English-, 
speaking world. • Structurally, and 
from location standpoint, the play- 
house in Fairmount - Park is an- 
asset to all.' Prices of $1 to $2, .with . 
only 13 . rows, insures adequate 
vision and hearing. 

'In- its own way, the Playhouse 
represented^ a theatrical - miracle. 
Site of the project was bare ground 
five, weeks ago. Although no official 
csti'inates Were available, price of 
operation . was estimated at $1()0,- 
000, Theron Bamberger, Playhouse 
producer, palled the turn when he 
said he doubted if private enter- 
prise could ever have put up any- 
thing comparable. 

I. D. (Ike) Levy, TV film prod- 
ucer and former CBS director, 
called the Belmont sho^vplace the 
finest thing of its kind in the 
world. All speakers paid tribute 
to John B. (Jack) Kelly, of Philly’s 
famous., theatrical family, to whom 
the Playhouse in. the park -repre- 
sented a life-long .dream. Kelly 
urged the circus tent be used 
before and aft^r theatrical seasons 
for operas, folk dances add amateur 
theatricals, and juvenile boxing 
shows. 

Nagel, speaking for the cast, said 
“Most of us have played summer 
theatres all over the country and 
have never seen anything like this. 
Showers in the dressing room alone 
were enough to win the silent sup- 
port of the actors.” 

La Jolla, Now Out of Debt, 
Opens 6tli Coast Season 

La Jolla, Cal., July 1. 

La Jolla Playhouse, out of the 
red with its $15,000 debt paid back 
to David O. Selznick, oi>ened its 
sixth summer season tonight (1) 
before a sellout house. David 
Niven and Diana Lynn are stars of 
the first offering, “The Mpoh .Ia 
Blue.” Producers Richard ^Wdriph, 
Richai’d Myers and Otto PremiiiLger 
will take the show on a Coast tour 
after a week’s run here. 

, With Gregory Peck and Dorothy 
McGuire absent, Mel Ferrer is 
running the Playhouse. Nine plays 
will be given, seven of which were 
announced. 

“Remains to Be Seen” will open 
Tuesday (8), its first production on 
the Coast. Monica Lewis and 
Carleton Carpenter will co-star. 
Groucho Marx will appear in “Time 
for Elizabeth” July 15. Show was 
written by ' Marx and Norman 
Krasna. Also planned are “Affairs 
of State,” .“The Happy Time,” 
“Strike a Match” and “The Lady's 
Not for Burning.” 

James • Neilson, on leave of 
absence from Columbia, will direct 
all La Jolla plays, and Ruth Burch 
will be casting director. Most 
recent addition to staff is Ariel 
Ballif, who replaces Bob Lee, now 
in Europe. Ballif will do sets. Lee 
Thomas returns as business man- 
ager. 


Second annual Friends Fund 
campaign of the N. Y. Philhar- 
j monic-Symphony Society, to raise 
j $150,000 towards the orchestra'’s 
annual 'deficit, . is now being 
mapped for fall. David M, Keiser 
I again will head the drive. 



^Wnliee Indian Drama 
T^x-Exempt; 3()G Gain 

'Greensboro, N, C.,-July 1. 

Officials of the Cherokee Histori- 
cal Assn., sponsor of the Cherokee 
Indian’ drama,' “Unto These Hills,” 
have received a $30,000-a-year 
bonus. 

It^came in form of a wire from 
Sen, Willis' Smith, telling the offi- 
cials that the drama has been ex- 
empted from the Federal admis- 
sion tax by the Internal Revenue 
Bureau. 

Officials -of the association, 
headed by president Harry Bu- 
chanan of Hendersonville, esti- 
mated that the tax ruling will 
mean between $30,600 and $35,000 
a year in increased revenue. 



In what’s believed to "be the first 
such action by an employer organ- 
ization, the League of - N.' Y, The-] 
ati-es has joined Actors Equity in 
a resblution , condemning black- 
lists. Although th A wording of the 
statement remains to be drafted, 
repi'esentatlves> 0 ,£ the. two ^oiips 
have already agreed in principle 
on the proposal, which is expected 
to be along the lines of the Ameri- 
can Ciyll Liberties Union policy 
on the subject, - ' 

In general, the resolution wIU 
probably condemn all blacklisting 
on • principle, no matter of what 
political complexion. In addition. 
It is expected to* parallel the ACLU 
attitude supporUng the ►inherent 
right of any group to picket, re- 
gardless of political partisanship, 
or whether for. or against black- 
listed individuals or controversial 
ideas. ■ , 

The League-Equity statement 
will be in line with the basic stand 
of both the actor union, and Au- 
thors League of America.* In 
various resolutions passed by the 
membership and approved in prin- 
ciple by the council, Equity , has 
Insisted that no actor should be 
denied employment because of in- 
clusion of his name in any black- 
list. The League, of which the 
Dramatists Guild Is a part, has ar- 
gued that in professional matters 
writers should he judged on the 
content and quality . of their 
WTiting, regardless of political af- 
filiation. 

In commenting on the League- 
Equity move, one prominent 
League member asserted, “Such a 
policy is essential If the theatre, is 
to continue as an independent art, 
medium of creative expression or 
even as a healthy business. Black- 
listing is a , subversive, un-Ameri- 
can practice which tends to de- 
stpy the Constitution, Bill of, 
Rights and, in fact, “ the entire 
American tradition of fair play and 
4jaw apd order. Blacklisting is a 
totalitarian tactic that gives aid 
and comfort to Communism." 


New basic contract between the 
Di-amatists Guild and League of 
N, Y. Theatres is understoi^ to, in- 
volve several concessions, ;to ease 
the royalties on mbderate-g^ssinlf 
shows; especially on tfie rohd, plus 
a i’cvlsed wrinkle designed tq elimi- 
nate the possibility of a repetition, 
of the “Ring case." Agreement is 
reportedly all negotiated, with only 
a few minor technicalities to be 
worked out by the lawyers for the 
respective groups. It will p\-obably 
be signed before the start Of the 
fall production season*. 

One of the changes in 'the jfiact 
is understood to be a reduction In 
royalties on top-grossing musicals, 
which under the- upped b.o. scales 
of the last few years have - given 
authors of such, shows an unprece- 
dented financial cleanup. Also, the ' 
revised deal is said to simplify the . 
procedure by which tho producer 
of a lessei>draw sho:A^ can obtain 
royalty cuts or waivers in ox’der to 
keep it running. 

On the other hand, the ne.w rules" 
reportedly call for . Increased ad- 
vance royalties and give additional 
breaks to playwrights, including 
payments to the author of a flop 
show in return for the manage- 
ment's right to retain his share, of 
subsidiary Income without having 
to play the former threcrweek niin- 
Imum, In general’, the changes are 
aimed to improve the position of 
the young or not-yet-established 
authors. ■» 

The new contract Is understood 
to emplpipize the “seiwice" nature 
of the production agreement be- 
tween Author and managemont 
That is, it spells out in greater de- 
tail tho author's duty to attend re- 
hearsals, .do '-rewrite, etc. This is. 
figured a step toward avoiding the 
possibility of future anti-trust suits 
again^it the Guild, along the lines . 
of the “Ring case.” Although the 
Guild ultimately won that litiga- 
tion, it was long and costly and had 
a disruptive effect on the theatre. 

It’s understood the new pact \vlll . 
retain the Guild-shop proviso that 
was a factor 'in the “Ring case." 
That is, Guild members will not be 
permitted to sign production conr 
tracts with managements that have 
not signed 'the basic agreement. 
And signatory managers will not 
be permitted to sign production 
contracts with non-member play- 
wrights. However, this clause has 
also been redrafted to avoid future 
anti-trust suits. 


Barns Going Thataway; 
Maplewood (NJ.) Folds; 
Cragsmoor Stays Dark 

First major casualty of the straW- 
hat season is the Maplewood (N.J.) 
Theatre, . which folded Saturday 
night (28) after ei^it weeks’ oper- 
ation. Spot was Under management 
of Broadway producer Albert' H, 
Rosen and. his associate, Albert H. 
Lewis, it was capitalized at $^5,000. 

Opening May 3 with Judy Holli- 
day in “Dreath Girl,” the Maple- 
wood venture played to generally 
skimpy business, aggravated by the 
management’s inability to book top 
name draws. 'The closing :bill \yas 
“Cocktail )Party‘,’’ with Dennis King, 
Estelle Winwood and v; Margaret 
Phillips. -- 

Rosen and Lewis announced In-' 
tention of reopening th«> house o» 
a guost-star stock basis neXt sprihg. 
The spot has been under various 
managements in recent years, with 
in-and-out results. 


Ballet Riisse Pacted 
For Hollywood, Frisco 

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, has 
just inked two engagements for the 
summer. Troupe will appear at 
the Greek Theatre, Hollywood, for 
two weekends . (eight perform- 
ances) starting July 9. Then it 
moves to the Curran, San Francis- 
co, for a two-week stay, returning 
to N. Y directly after. 

Coast will get a heavy dose of 
clfisisic dance this summer, as Bal- 
let Theatre moves into the Holly- 
wood Bowl for two weekends of 
dance, directly following Ballet 
Russe 's Greek Theatre stay. 

Ballet Russe, incidentally, re- 
ports no bookings yet ‘for the regu- 
lar 1952-53 fall-winter season. Sit- 
uation Is unusual in' that the 
troupe, in previous 1*4 years of 
touring, has had its season’s book- 
ings all set by the previous April. 

A separate entity, called the Ballet 
Russe de Monte (IJarlo Concert Co., 

Which Ballet Russe .impresario 
Serge Denham is recruiting for Co- 
lumbia Artists Mgt., for the bu- 1 consulting his fiancee, has been 
Ireau’s Community Concerts loop,! optioned for Broadway production 
i.s, however, reported all booked al- ! by the new firm of Ruth Siaa^r 
1 ready. I and Frank Bradley. 


Early Clrari;iigMM>r Cropper 
Cragsnxpor, N. Y., July 1. 

The Cragsmoor Summer Theatre 
came a cropper last week before 
even opening for the season. The 
£(pot, taken over recently by Dee 
Hollahd, folded during rehearsals 
of the initial bill, a revival of 
“Happy, Time." . Company will be 
paid off from the bond previously 
posted with Actors Equity. 

Cragsmoor was operated last sea- 
son by Raul Foley: 


'Bearding' for B’way 

"The Bearding of Johnny,” com- 
edy by screenwriter - playwright 
John Rodell about the complica- 
tions arising when^ a young man 
decides to raise a * beard without 


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JUM^TEMATK 



To«krs n 


WyinwJ^Iiily 2, 1952 


crlttft IjOcIcc)# Also Jftck Cassidy 
is ingratiatiiifif as the juvenile lead 
«t^tS”^o?mu»icai comwiy hi tWo »ci*, (created In the orimal Jy the late 

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Fireirodis in flose Bfitc 



Sased"on‘A^& Jolm— then Ji;les-Garfield) 

Wenderful Tim*/' b^k Jjy ^ acceptable £ 

, the comedy lead; 

u. Paul Valentine isvokay as a 

Vafenthie.^^^ri^^C Siw £fd'*dinc?2'‘b'y tiohing Lothario; Harry Clark is 
io«”nfwttini)*.S*dnrtti^ satisfactory as the heroine's dis^ 

Mstumw. carded hanpei Sammy Smlt^hvis be- 

«; *4 resort Ar, and 
Sun. At^periti. N. Y.. Jutte 25, '52; parkins IS coiivihcing as the; 

$ 7.20 top. vhtricia -Marand spot's muscleman. They're all 

rhfel^ fee” y,’. ’.r. Ml.- J»ck Cassidy good enough, but none of them 
ray Fromkiri M'. a?mus really knocks over the audience,- 
?>Wv S»s‘''’‘*V.V.V.V.ra^ MThe swimming pool, the most 

hiTS Gr^n .*.' ....John F^kin# spectacular element in the prqduc- 

Lou^ndei cTark tion .provides a stunning novelty 

Fabricant......^..... Argt-$ct finale. But al- 

Soffit ‘ V.M’.*.*.,,...*.TKUiAe Gordon though some attempt has been 

‘evaS^ AiJuer made to tie the action relating to 

^ R*y "^Yson it into the basic story, it remains 

sid pretty much incidental. 

Xenny • *^Miian Chiefly because of the swimming 

.‘.‘.'M.*.*.’,*.*.*.’. Tom Ayr* pool, which required elabdrate 

Henrietta’. ’.V.V. MarUn construction work on the theatre 

^u»sie "’"^naivna Lowe stage (and an increase in the stage 

shTriey ■ ” *. M M *, MM ’. Sybu Lamb hand bill , each week) “Wish" 

Lena ^ * ouite^^Ann’^rnir couldn't be 'taken on the road for 

• • • • ® a tryout. Instead, the management 

iftw*Giri -Fiotence' Hende^n substituted the Unprecedented 

Girt Diver., , wiiand series of paid previews, some sold 

Diver ""‘.’.‘.‘MM'Joaeph Thomas to theatre party organizations and 
Walters: Gu* Giordano. Stan Grover, sonic to individuals On Hay ward’s 
Bill Hogue, Leo K^wort^ ^'SS^^^steeie’ private mailing list. 

Isjf,/"" LflhM 

Athletes, guests, staff “iembers; Nancy reliable as to reaction, the in- 

ISl^oAs.'^iSa’R<2e/M^^^^^ town revisions and east changes 

^ Don Fatcrson, WaUy Strauss. caused endless xmfavorable com- 
— — . , ment from the Shubert Alley Cas- 

Dfespite the extreme pro and con 
Tenorts of Broadway klbirters who limma^ performances, in some 
law it during its three and a haif cases three and four times.. 

«7oIvc ftf nrf^vlews “Wish you Although the screen rights to 
Were Here’^ is neither a wonder "Hwing Wouderfui Time'- were 
wntjleal nor a fiasco. It's a reason-^ Hold years ago, the rights- to this 
?wv ATiinvflble show with a pleas- musical adaptation should be worth 
iX S mofpheric *'®’^ “Wish" appears to 

songs, a likable if somewhat light- J>e admirable sci^n material, par- 
weight cast and a provocatiye.nov- 'jyuuld probably 

elty an actual onstage swimming then be cast with stars. Hdhe, 

pool. - . 

“Wish." rarely builds up much 
momentum, however; never fully 
captures the audience, and plainly 
feels the lack of stars. Although 
there is potent material in the 
show, notably in the comedy and 
the songs, there’s no one in the 
cast who has the necessary com- 


rence. 


L«Sit Followups 


.Faint Ynnr Wngon 

(SHtJBEBT, N. Y.) 

Eddie Dowlings recent takeover, 

Knktion'' oT^talent . and personal ^our Wagon.” of the lead 

^a^nA+icm tn take command of cresrted by James Barton, gives 

and audience So “Wish” musical a slightly different but 

?£KiSS2l« 

IShi“ " 

Tvfg. m'lidpal Ig adauted from to the rowdy playing of Olga San 
*‘T2vinv”wonderful Tim&” Arthur Juan, who originally had the part, 
K^herts^straight comedy^ which was Nola Fairbanks, who followed. 
? moderate luccesfS thTm ^.Dowling and Miss Crowley com- 
season getting almost unanimously to give the Frederick Loewe- 
la,r«nnKi« r^ntWs flud ulavlng 46 Jay Lerner show a much 

weeks to $8,000-$9,000 grosses, gentler quality than in its original 
There wL also a road company and conception. Howling, particularly 
an RKO film edition. ThlJ musical Provides a wlstfulness that is . 
io TkHtnjirlv a Joshua Lo- uiaTked switch from the more ro- 

gS^^ operation since he has collab- Se w 

sxMiL •k'nhP^r nn the book, table 4s the fact that either way 

Snrlner^ with Leland Hayward in musical's good points and bad 
?he%rednrtton^nd"Ls points are equaj^ diseernibk^^ 

directed it, but also staged the 

baL'’S“!?lvi‘s1?- St 5te”?.^atTnT on»tS £°et®1t%a%?^?. 

TOth tLYxrention of stiirioSd; U«»Uy written lor Barton. wh5 lor 
S rlglsterefte secSnd fS years has ^en noted for his vaude 
load there'-? not a Genuinely first- drunk act. He got tremendous roars 
‘iSilonal SormaLV in >” version, -while Dowling's stew 

fi. .hSw and Sot «en M^f Bond « » “ore pleasant, easy-going Utfle 
w Th. ahd? atSv and ner- “«»• As lar as voices go, there’s 

mnalUv '*that' suggest^ 'potential ”ot much to choose from between 
^rrinm “ ' suMes's poicmiai Barton was louder 

Wvon an “Wish” is a moderately “ore easily heard; rDowling 

divertPnl ind iSo^WeShSrXhe » '“<^1 set of plMS that alld 

CaTsSttf . resort locale and the corobipe.however.a bitof-sweet- 

*.;?rt^^^S' Bre^rSirf SSwy Miss Crowley doesn't get the 

v nn.mi 1‘oehs that Olgi San Juan-did and 

Jmdn&’:a/t5iv2;''\hL°'S?a . /Sdnate' doesn’t woMc so hard' for them 

uiore timid, nice-gir 

nameiq. Chick Kessler, in the origi type, .rather than the 


' Westhampton, L, I,, July 1, 

Mike Todd's al ftesco musical V 

offering at Jones Beach is a’ .spec-. jCauns«id. .«*w Arthur 
tacnlar ertMvagaiaa. probably one % wartiiS!'- 

of the most pretentious outdoer iS*i.. mSwhouiw, J»«« _ 

musical presentations in. the coun- Henry 

to., Goo/ music, fine singing and w«m« 

>aazzlii^ co>$tumes una sets are en- cH»irtey sfimtoa ...... Lnwiwwoe ik^ow 

fiahcea by mnuspal, striking back- Ben stwuon - 

gfonndin&>A dated hook and 
corny, humor are offset by the D*n 

lifting music, to make the produc- MaJar 

tion, a little-known Johann Strauss. .V.’.V.M.V.’.mT iiften ©Irr 

operetta, a spectacle worth seeing. st»cey Jen«i 

To be presented nightly (except , 

Mondays) throughout the summer Edward Caulfield, Whose 'Bruno 
at a >4.80 top in the new 8,000- and Sidney” had a run pf afx pert 
seSter, '$4,000,000 Marine stadium, foritiances -in the season of 1048- 
“A Night In Venice” has the 40 and was the last play to be 
bulky daily Jones Beach bathing done by New Stages, has provided 
crowd, the many adjacent vacation- radio actor-announcer Kon Baw* 
eer-hulging Long* Island towns, 'son with “Stacey. Jones” to open 
and 'N, Y. City residents and visi- his second season ' Monday (30) 
tors for potential customers. Nov- at the 'W’esthampton Playhouse, 
city and glitter of the production The farce about the Long Island 
might to attract; such Imponder- Railroad is not likely to create 
ables as weather, traffic conditions any h®w goodwill for the bowed 

down commuters' curse, 

- . w, . . “Stacey Jones” stars a local resi- 

A fligliT, in Vent«« tjent, Arthur Treacher, and what 

Jones'Beach, L.I., N.Y., June 556. few laughs the hatd-wptkihg com- 

ivuchart T(i>dd prerientktion of musical edian and Other such pros as How- 

ard Smith, Buss Brown, Alonzo 

Thomas jia?tta* new bSk and lyriw S Bosan, Ralph Bell and Robert Pat- 

Uuth •$e Thomar’ Martin. Staged by Jack ten get are obtained by .gags xec- 

Donohu*. Seta and costumes. Baoul Pene ftofnl-rnHl/* nnlv +n thA Ineal Ventrv 
DeBoia; choreography, Jamea Nyaren; ognizawe oniy to me lOcai gentry 

condui^e-r, Martin. At Mar^^ Stadium, who are forced to Spend much 

of their time on the 'Cannon Ball 

Express. 

Caulfield has written with such, 
lack of clarity that he should 
e - r .^1 * - -tr follow the last curtain with an il- 

CiboiJttl M *. *. *. '. ; ; iJSr^JdrbiSks lustrated lectur<L with charts, sho w- 

ConturJo ..Michael Boberts ing.lhe relationships of the various 

people who drift in and out of his 

SSTiTl^’.V.V.V.M.’.V.M.V. jLk Se Pla;j'. and. clearing up his plot, 

Barbara - Guen Omeron which seems more complicated 

Afrlppina Rose Perfect than “HamlAt ” 

Scraftna..,., Betty .Stone xx • ,x ui 

Nina Laurel Hurley Treacher, flattening out his 

Danco^.... .....G^rUi Gilbert British aCcent, does not play the 

Stoji"*" ™<= role. "SUcev Jones’’ “ay,be 

Charlea Booth. Walter Brandin, Donald a pun On “Casey JoneS, ’ but it haS 
Jg^wbirat, pi^p Douglass, John Trydei. nqthing to do with railroads. It 

is the name of an a^-minded 16 
Michaoi -Roberts, Howard Shaw, Cartes year-old ox^phan about to be 
. Trehy, John Trehy, John adopted by Treacher's daughter 

A deal is made with the head of 
a Southern orphanage by the 
daughter’s husband to exchange an 
old boxcar, the Phoebe Snow, for 
the child, because the gent is r 
cbllector of old boxcars and the 
Phoebe Snow seems to be the eol- 


nal edition), is accurately and col 
orfully transferred from the Kobe 
play. Moreover, Harold Rome has 
come up with perhaps his best 
score to dnte; Logan’s staging, in- 
cluding the vivid dancing, is one 
of the most brilliant jobs he's 
ever ^^on''. and Jo Mielziner has 
contributed appropriately decora- 
tive scenri'y. 

Rome’.s songs have more dimen- 


tomboy 

roughneck. It’s a fair-enough 
change, although by switch in man- 
ner of playing of both this and the 
Dowling role, there’s a loss of 
vitality, which is felt. Herb. 


li, N. Y., June a6. '62; 


Jones Beechr L. 

$4,80 top.' 

Jimmy 

Marl* Thomas 

S«u. Biurtoldi.. David Kurlan 

Sen. Lorenzo.. Arthur Newman 


Casanova 


Zadorzny, Alah Lowell, Francis" Mona- 
chino. Max Alperstelu, Glenn Bif(gatn. 
Bill Carlson, Matthew FarruKlo, Frank 
Finn, James Galvin. Duke Glddens, Nor- 
Tnan Giffin, William Golden, Joe Greg- 
ory, Kurt Kesrter, Charles Kuestner/ Al- 
fred Morgan, Roland MUes, Bernard Rat- 
rtdn, Abram 'Tamres, Deloyd Tibbs, Nor- 
man Worwlck, Benjamin Wilkes, Jennie 
And«a, Betsy Bridge, Sara Carter. Olga 


eridka Fondo, Nell Foster, Teresa Gan- 
non. -Marie Gibson, Teresa Gray, Ruth 
Kelly, Rthel Kerner, Helena Lawrence, 
Mary Le Sawyer. • Helen Oliver, Edith 
Wadsworth, Julie WlUiams, 
Betty Winsett, EUnor Winter. Sara Bet- 
tis, Matilda Broadman, Elinor Daniels, 


%if***4r*^***^ Fisher, Fred- lector’s item among them. 

The British comedian is not 
found in a butler’s role, but as 
a worker on the L.T.R.R. and 
heads a household, all employed 

X , X. - - t»y the line. There is also a middle- 

iwvit aged Southern belle, but what she 

Moore.%^S?es Pa^ge,®^oeU ^PrtoSi^^ doing in this menage could 
frothy Shawn, Dorothy Siegfried, Betty never be figured OUt. 

®*Dancer« ^john”Ari*it^e^*H^be?t B comes to its senseless 

Alfredo Corvino, Peter Deign, Phlf^er- taste end With "the daUgh- 

Joseph ter receiving a telephone call from 

Leavitt. Carl Luman. Don- ■hp.-,. dnotnr tAlHntf hAr that ehA ie 
aid Martin, Lee Murray, Louis Shaw, Jim OOClor teuing ner xnai .sne IS 

Smith, EsteUe Aza, Virginia Barnes, Ann Pregnant, indicating that all her 

Cowan, Wilma Curley, battles to adopt the boy were 
Catheryn Damon, Loma Delmaestro, riAArllARQ 

Lo^se Forrand. Penny Green, Maria Har- j ^ - 

rieton. Ruby Herndon, Emiika Huiova, Richatd Bums designed and ex- 

ecuted a bright and sunny set and* 
SiaSr. R«th Bamon. wife of 'the pro- 
Irene Minor, Zebra Nevins, Christy Peter- ducer, directed as though She 
wmiJ^^Dorts^Wright^”*^ Va^bor. Nikki knew what the play was about. 

Treacher showed that he is a 
■ witty ■ and humorous man in his 


For|<y uml Bess 

(OPERA HOUSE. CHI) 

Chicago, June 25. 

In this superb revival of the No.l 
sion and vitaMty than any show American folk-opera, Cab Calloway 
score he has done, even topping has now taken over the role- of 
“Call Mo Mister” in this regard. Sportin’ Life, villain of the story. 
Among the impressive lineup, the With the all-around top-drawer 
standard pops are likely to be acting and singing in this produc- 
“Goodbye Love,” “Shopping tion. the mugging and . overacting 
Around*,” “Could Be,” “Where Did of the ex-maestro are a jarring, 
the Night Go?”> “They Won’t Know unnecessary note. Dramatic pace 
Me,” “Summer Afternoon,” “Don of the show 'is suddenly put aside 
Jose” (from Far Rockaway) and the when the former “scat” singer 
title tune, and there are apt show takes over the spotlight. It be- 
numbers in “Camp Karefrec,” “So- comes a vehicle for Calloway. 
ciiU Director,’-! “Mix and Mingle,” There are times when Calloway 
“Certain Individuals,” “Relax” and delivers lines with vividness, espcc- 
*‘Flattery.” ially in the last scenes, as he 

Besides Miss Bond, who brings tempts Bess away from Porgy. 
technical precision and persuasi've Rest of the cast is near sensation- 
poise to the role of the heroine’s al. Gmup works far better 'than 


and middlebrow-music resistance curtain speech opening night. His 
will have their effect. Overall b.o. own lines were ^the only funny 
appeal looks good. ones spoken the whole evenifig. ' 

Show’s chief draw -is the specta- "^“Stacey Jones” will probably be 
cle angle. It is presented on a con- driven off and buried in the sand 
Crete offshope stage 104 feet wide, dunes after its week here, and 
with a circular 76-foot revolving Treacher can go on his summer 
stage in the center, and a 10(Moot theatre tour with “Qn Approval,” 
lagoon separating stage from the feeling he has at least done his 
stadium 'customers. Planes flying civic duty. Vern. 

overfleadj blinking autos passing 

viaduct in the background. Season With Glniler 
^nfiapce the unusual water-land n/r.. r. or, 

se.ftiiig,. Use of the lagoon for the Ogunquit, Me., June 27. 

passmg back and forth with prin- ander. stars Mclvyn bouglas; features 
cipals, for a water tableau (that on Bowleg Directed by Don Herscy; 

Op^nlujC? niffllt went aslcew) hpi^ht*- ^ Coursey, Al Pl5tyhous6, Ojfun* 

A J neigni quit. Me., -June 23, '52; $3 top. 

en the novelty. Add to an oversize Lizzie Lcora Thatcher 

operetta of over 100 actoi-s-danc- Agnes CarroU. Polly Rowles. 

ers-stngers such extraneous effects "oXcmS ::;: 

as A mammoth fireworks display to Virginia ("Ginger”) Carroll Elizabeth Ross 

close the first act; acrobats, turn- Nancy Deviih 

blei^, even the dove-fancier, Tommy Green '.'.‘.’.*,’.’.*.‘.'.’..*"'®Wy^Jamos 

Rosita Royce, for a brief, non-stnp Rob wiison Roland Wood 


author diies better with tb-. 
more difficult adult material tha^ 
With the >td stuff, which should b« 
more remediable than the revei^* 
rituatiqn might be. 

Rlght/guy, smalltown banker 
D^glas has been taking possibW 
subversive sentiments of the found- 
ing fathers anent personal liberty 
seriously, and popping off in this 
^elrt in xpeecbes before serviPA 
clubs and hikh-school assemblies 
His private crusade has the usual 
unfavorable reaction in the usual 
quarters, Which nrily strengthens 
his determination to -continue, it's 
when his three teenage daughter^ 
begin putting his theories into ac- 
tion in the heme and outside that 
the accumulating smugness is ruf- 
fled. 

Tomboyish, 89-pound moppet 
“Ginger,” played by Elizabeth 
Ross, decides that dad’s sentiments 
provide sanction tor her to try out 
for a hl^-school athletic squad 
traditionally limited to members (if 
the other gender. Up to here, the 
author Had something. But -when 
the kid's selection turns out to be 
a contact sport, namely, varsity- 
football, not even a casting of Mil- 
dred, (Babe) Zaharias' would save 
the subsequent proceedings from 
invading the region of silliness. 
Sticking to his guns, Bouglas man- 
fully" tries to enjoy the develop- 
ment, gaining the sympathy of the 
right-guy coach, likeably played by 
Wayne Uarsoh, who permits the 
•sprite to make the team, even 
though at* no time Is the kid repre- 
sented as having the e(iulpment or* 
ability for even a cheer-leader’s 
job. 

“Ginger” does deliver a touch- 
down finally, anJ in the last min- 
ute of play, out it turns out that 
her team was >64 poipta ahead any- 
way, and her would-be opposition 
interceptors Were so convulse^ 
with laughter that they were pow- 
erless to stop her. 

FoBy Rowles, playing the wife, 
turns in a Standout performance, 
ably seconding Douglas. In fact, 
the realistic connubial moments, 
including a -finai curtain that could 
be blue without the fast staging 
provided here, l<^d the production 
the entertainment values that sent 
'era home happy here. Possibly a 
further -writing-in of this side of 
the business would strengthen the 
script, as might the substitution 
of a non-contact sport tend to bring 
up the moppet end. 

Miss Ross, although okay on size, 
doesn’t convince as the athletically 
over-ambitious sibling. (Inciden- 
tally, the situation is finally re- 
solved by the kid’s sudden decision 
to be a girl and 'have dates, which 
normal development saves her 
father’s job, hisjcthics, the town’s 
equanimity, and may even result in 
her having a little brother later.) 
Her sisters, acted by Gena Row- 
lands and Nancy Devlin, adequate- 
ly 'caTry' out- their limitc/. chores, 
while Leora Thatcher, the maid, 
works a thin role into three dimen- 
sions. Others, notably Billy James 
and Roland Wood as boy teenagers, 
carry conviction In minor roles. 

Don Hersey’s -staging is well- 
paced, and - wrings plenty of 
laughs out of bits of business 
worked out without the help of the 
author. The single set might have 
been borrowed from the local high- 
school dramatic society at less ep 
-pense. A banker never lived in 
this poverty-stricken interior. 

Don. 


experimentally romantic, somewhat 
trampish friend, Patricia Marand, 
is appealing as the ingenue (cre- 
ated in the original play by Kath- 


most Metropolitan Opera presenta- 
tions, with William 'Warfield. Leon- 
tyne Price and Helen ColberJ' de- 
serving special nods. Zabe. 


moment, and the 'eye-ear appeal is 
apparent. 

Distance of stage from audience 
militates against any intimacy, 
which the customers don’t expect 
in this situation. For tlie precise, 
there are rented binoculars at- 
tached to the seats. 

“Venice” isn't a major Strauss 
work. The music is good, but there 
are only one or two -outstanding 
numbers (like “Come, My Be- 
loved” and “Don’t Speak of Love 
To Me”), and the new book and 
lyrics by Ruth and Tliomas Martin 
are trite, corny, and dull. Todd, 
however, has given “Venice” a 
glitteringly lavish production. 
Raoul Pene DuEois’ sets make a 
full city out of the stage, with 
streets, houses, towers, balconies 
and quays, while the revolving 
stage works m'rac’cf. DuBois' cos- 
(Continued on page 57) 


Coach Blake Wayne Carson 

Ed Johnson Frank MUan 


Opener of this class strawhat’s 
20 th season shapes as a neat sum- 
mer vehicle for Melvyn Douglas, 
but it’s unlikely as presently con- 
stituted to ride beyond the barn 
circuit. Lightweight script doesn’t 
prevent easy-going customers here 
from enjoying themselves noisily 
throughout, however. After dip- 
ping Tuesday biz, sudden influx of 
phone and mail reservations sent 
house SRO for balance of week, 
prompting a yanking of newspaper 
advertising. 

It’s the teenager “Junior Miss” 
and “Kiss and Tell” pay-lode that 
'S being dug, with added overtones 
in the '"Male Animal” style of 
su’iurbanite liberalism. What pro- 
vides some basis for hope in a re- 
write job is the fact that the 


Come Bit C|i • • • Ring 
XWIcel 

Princeton, N. J., June 30. 

Herbert Kenwith production of 
in three act* (fdur scenes) by Miles Man 
der. Fred SclrfUer «nd Thomas DuwW 
■with .special adaptation by Mae Wen. 
SUr* Miss Weat. Directed by Kenwitn, 

CarllsH Dale • • Nae 

Annette Thercse 

Mike Hannlijanv. .Jeronje Gordino 

Twllby 

.Low Raker. ...David 

A}f,v,/cTaK 

,V.V. Jon Anton 

Wickwlre.'.’.’.’.’.'.'.'.'.’.V.'.V. . MiUej 

V’*VV.V'.’;. B. J C» 

General Housenborough . Richard Bowler 


Despite the lure of a top name 
and this strawhat’s completely 
ovated cooling system, “Come On 
Up. . -Ring Twice!” failed to score 
at the boxoffice. Poor showing, 
however, can't be attributed to a 
lack of drawing power on P 
of Mac West who, as the 
ment pointed out, shattered * 
ords for a one-'week 
of a straight play in a summer 
atre when she appeared heie ■ 
summer. Scorching heat wa\e 
(Continued on page 57) 



JMy 1^52 


UgGlTEMATK 



Toinnd Hayward and jrpshiia togap/have another gilt-edged array of 
for thPix production of “"Wish- You Were Here,” which opened 
T?cf week at tj»e iinpetial,, H. Y. Investors in the $250,000 venture 
inMude the shov^’a presa^ent .Leo, Freedmati, $5;000; Arthur. Koher, 
M adaptor of the hook from his own play, ”Ha^g Wonderful Time,” 
tin 000- Mary Martin, $1,250; her manager-husband, Richard Halliday, 
*1 Luise M;$ilkoic,= e3tecutlve secretary, representing the Authors 
riamie $1,250; Henry Fopda, $2,500; Jo Miehdner, who designed the 
itidriction, $5,000; EUiabeth,. Mary Ellin and Linda Beflin, daughters 
??^Trving Berlin, $2,900 each; WUUam and James Hammei-steln, sons 
A# Oscar Hammerstein'2d, $1,250 and $2,5Q0, respectively; Dorothy 
?Mts ) ffammerstein, $2,500* 

Also Mr«* Richard Hodgersi $6,000; Herman Bernstein, Hayward’s 
wnpral managejF, $5^000; lighting technician Edward Kook, $5,000; 
Joseph Haren, partner, of film producer Hal WalUs, $5,000;, theatre- 
owner Howard §1 tjullmani, $10,000; Henry'^JAffe,; Hayward’s attorney, 
attorney Harold' Stem, representing playwright-producer Russel 
rrouse $l,25or'Tiove)ist-playwright Irwin Shaw, $;i,5Q0; NBC telefilm 
ipad Robert W. Samoff, $500; A, Gerald .Bentfaali son. of theatrical 
iccountant Charles Renthal, ' $1,250; Marie Miles, secretary to the 
show’s composer, Harold Rome, representing a syndicate, $6,250; Hay- 
ward and his: wife,. $2, 5QQ. each; publisher Fleur Cowles, $1,250; various 
relatives of co^producer, corauthor and “director Logan,, a total of 
S3 175, divided among. IL individuals, including' Logan personally, 
$2 o!o(K), and his wife, Nedda Harrigan, $16,875; Sermay. Barta, of Chai»- 
wcU Music, $2,580« 

^Also company manager Abe Gohenv $1,250; CBS executive Daniel 
O’Shea, $2,500; attorney Morris Schrier, representing Music Corp. of 
America, $5,000; Judith Qsborn, daughter of playwright Paul Osborn, 
$2 500* theatre executive Louis A* Lotlto, $2, $00; film director Anatole 
Litvak, $2\500; producer-theatreowner Attthqny Rl Farrell, $5,000; Mar- 
ghall Jamison, Hky ward's casting director, $2,500; Mrs.. Bennet Cerf, 
$1 250; KStharincb Jiu Karan; daughter .of director Elia Kazan, $1,250; 
Samuel Becker; Xxkgan’s attorney; $1490; George^ Schler, husband; of. 
costume designer Valentina,; >L250; screenwriter Alan Campbell, 
$2 500; actressi Margalm GUlmarfr, ,.$2,500; ex-bandleader . Zinn Arthur, 
$2’50o’ Mrs. Ben. Sq^enberg, wife of the publicist; $^; accountant 
Bernard J. Ikis, $J<,25P; RCA president Frank M: FolsOm, $2,000,* Mrs. 
Isaac D. Le^,. u^e of the head of’ Qfflcial Films, $1,000;. Emanuel 
Sacks, representing RCA-Vlctor, which; has the original oast album 
rights, $20,000; Sacks personally $7,000* and, TV-caster and disk jockey 
Barry Gray, $1,250., 

Edward', Everett Horton’s return this week to the Spa Theatre, Sara- 
.toga Springs, N., Y., in “Nina,” rather than “Springtime for Henry,” 
produced an editorial (27) In the Sfchenectady Union-Star. Titled "Di- 
vorce, pr Just Separation,” it said the actor’s appearance in a new play, 
"is news. More than 2,000. times the poker-faced comedian, who at one 
time was on the Way tu becoming the most famous summer resident at 
Lake George, has played, ilenry.’^ He had reached a point where rcr 
hearsal before opening the season was hardly called for. He will be 
welcomed back to the summer theatre' circuit, but things will hardly 
be. the same with Edward Everett Horton and ’Henry DewUp’ divorced. 
Is it a ‘trial separation?”” 

■ I ^ 

Chicago Sun-Tildes, In an editorial last' week, plugged the U. S. 
State Dept.’s moVe in helping to send “Porgy and' Bess* abroad for the 
Berlin Festival. late in August. Daily pointed out the most effective 
way of combatting, Gbmnumism w^fr to-.have the musical, written by. a 
Jew and done by Negroes, don^ right under the noses of the Reds. 
Folk opera, is mirfently at the. Chicago Opera House for a four-week 
«t^. 

A noted Broadway playwright and Hollywood screenwriter imd his 
then-wife, a legit-film actress, are said to be the real-life prototypes of 
a new play, "Sweet Lorraine,” by Abby Mann, and Bernard Drew, to be 
tried out next week at the Lakeside Th.eatre, Landing, N. J^, on Lake 
Hopatcong, Nancy Coleman, will guest-star in the femme lead- She’s 
"Wife of 'Whitney Bolton, drama critic of the Morning Telegraph, 

Distributed profit on the No. 2* company of "Moon Is Blue,” which 
closed Saturday night (28) in Chicago, is. $155,000’ thus fw. Figure 
was Incorrectly quoted in. last week’s issue as $56^000. Original .capi- 
talization for the Aldrich & Myers production was $60,000 and', as of 
last May 31, the undistributed profits amounted to- $14,202, 


‘Cat Ik FaMIe’ 

So-S« 6.0. at St. Loo 

St. Louis, July 1. 

Toiling through sizzling tempera- 
ture, Jerome Kern’s “Gat and the 
Fiddle” wound up its fourth pre- 
sentation, since 1933, at the Munici- 
pal Theatre Assn.’s alfiresc.^ -play- 
house in Forest Park last Sunday 
(29) with a fair $34,500. Despite 
heat piece drew 48,0()0 customers. 

“Bose Marie,” Rddolph - Friml 
musical, opened a*dnc-week‘'£rame' 
last night (Mon.) ’ in < S\;()blt.mlfag 
weather. Piece drew ill opefiihg 
night mob of 8,100 and a gross of 
approximately. $3,000. 


MITROP'S ITAid RIEFRISE 

Dimitri Mitropoulos, musical di- 
rector of the N. Y. Philharmonic- 

Symphony, has been ..invited to 
conduct again hcxt May at La 
Scala, Milan, 

He’ll also conduct again at Florr 
ence, batoning the Italian prem- 
iere of Milhaud’s "Christophe fJo- 
lomb” at the 1953 H’oTence Mag- 
gie Musleale. 


Venica’ 

Sm Contlmiedt front page 54 

tumes, always, rich and "tasteful, 
Sfometimes dazzle. 

singera play the leads, 
Nola Fairbanks as Ciboletta, Jack 
Russell as the Duke, Thomas Hay- 
warn as Mario and Norwood Smith 
as Caramello being standouts* Miss 
'Fairbanks i& attractive; and a fine 
wmedienne as well as good singer. 
Hayward’s "Come, My Beloved ” 
j’ incidentally,, from a. moving, 
gondola in mld-kgoon, is , a. treat. 

^^^^ewd singing and group dance 
ensembles ara. the big pull; how- 
• ever, with a second-act ballet open- 
ed sparked by Gloria Gilbert and a 
corps da ballet, twirling on a 
^volvlng stage, being the show- 
copper. Miss Gilbert, in a dazzling 
twrific^ Lop-like spins, la simply 

J® earful as well as 
the ampUficatiojOL making 
nL the songs and melodies 
canned, and a- little ear- 
it's, toned down, 
good* An expert orch 
guidance of Thomas Martin 
score , effectively. 

Even’s choreography suits 
arena, and Jack I>onohue*s 
Tha pace and style, 

bur- Todd magic sliows up 
^®^®* Bron. 


Ghi Strawhat OpB Map 
Small-Fry Trade Shows 

Chicago, July 1. 

Strawhats operators in the Chi- 
cago area *re making a bid for 
small-fry patronage. Two produc- 
ers are setting up separate produc- 
tions for the 'juve trade, 

Marshall Migatr, owner of Salt 
Creek, Hinsdale, wiU have two per- 
formances each Saturday, and Herb 
Rogers, Tenthouse, Highland Park, 
111., starts an afternoon series each 
Friday. 


Straw Reviews 

Conti]UM>4 fromi page. 54 


responsible for sparse attendance, 
producer Herbert Kenwith said. 

As Carliss- Dale, a colorful ad- 
venturess„in present-day Washing 
ton, Miss. West scored solidly with 
enthusiastic theatregoers who 
braved the sizzling nights to see 
the show. Her humorous, tongue- 
in-cheek style of thesping — ^which 
proved definitely in the standout 
class — rates kudos. And this de- 
spite the handicap- of a trite, so-so 
script definitely unworthy of her 
talent and ability. Supporting cast 
of 16 men and two women ^do right 
by the star, with special nods to 
Saul Davis, Willis Claire and Ro- 
setta Cra^ord. Kenwith’s direc- 
tion, one of the show’s strong as 
sets, is- exceptionally good. John 
Boyt’s single setting of the living 
room of a smart apartment hotel in 
Embassy Row is another bright 
spot. 

Though the production has just 
preemed in the east, Miss West 
starred in it in Chicago and on the 
Coast in 1947. At best, Main Stem 
chances are dubious and Holly- 
wood definitely niL Shane, 




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Chicago,, July 1. 

Mercury In the high 90s hit the 
boxoffice here last week, with the 
Wednesday matinee (25) especially 
weak. Cooler weather over the 
weekend helped somewhat. "Forgy 
and Bess” opened Wednesday .for a. 
three and a half-week stand toi 
critical acclaim in, tiie Opera. 
House. Reviewers rayed in ihoat, 
cases, and although the musical, 
started slowly the b.o. should' re- 
flect tl»e- fine notices. 

"Moon • Is Blue” ended 6L week, 
stand Saturday (28) with slim, busi- 
ness; 

Estlmaiea for Last Week. 

/'Bell, Book; and Candle*” Sel- 
wyn (18th wk) ($4.60; 1,000). 
Dipped a bit to $12,000. 

"Ghya and Boils,” Shubert (I7th 
wk) ($6; 2,100). Matinee trade is 
off, but* there’s lots of strength left 
at $43,700. 

“Moon la Blue,” Harris (61st wk) 
($4.40; 1,000>. Closed its long stay 
with slight $7,5001 

“Porgy and Bens,” Opera House 
($5; 3,600). Opened 'Wednesday; 
first five performances . register^ 
slow $12;700, but notices ai^ Word 
of mouth should boost receipts. - 

Hardware Store to Hoise 
laacliester ‘HaU’ ISiow 

Hollywood, July L 
Elsa Lanchester- will play 55 
cities along the revived Chautau- 
quA Circuit next fall in a. "Private 
Music HaU” presentation, of spec- 
ial material, under aegis of Paul 
Gregory.. Production will play the- 
atres, banquet halls and armories 
seating less than 1,500 — and- in 
one town will utilize a hardware 
store as a theatre. 

Circuit to be followed is that set 
up by Gregory for Charles Laugh- 
ton’s reading, tour and played suc- 
cessfully by "Don Juan In Hell.” 
Miss Lanchester will be accom- 
panied by pianist Bay Henderson 
and a male quartet, in a series of 
music hall songs and material, she’s 
used locally at Turnabout' Theatre. 


‘Bil Player’ 

Continued from 55 


ver framed photo of the cast and 
crew, plus a leather-bound book of 
scene shots. Look magazine lenser 
Charlotte Brooks snapped the af- 
fair on an exclusive ba$is.'i<m ^an 
upcoming Golden layout, -ui.o: 

Rodgers ‘Shanghaied;'^'' '• 

Oscar Hammersteln 2d kridj wife 
Ddbothy took the direct ' at^xbach 
in getting Richard RodgeMVL^i^'his 
50th birthday "surprise” party 
Sunday evening (29). At a loss for 
a better way to get him aboard a 
New York sightseeing boat on 
which the shindig was held, they 
told him the plot and got him to 
agree to let them blindfold him 
while they drove him to 42d SL 
and the Hudson in a cab. 

About 150 of his friends and 
cast members *of his shows were 
on board to greet him. Catered 
dinner and an eight-piece Emil 
Coleman band were provided for 
the trip to Sneeden’s' Landing, 
N. Y., where the passengers were 
m position to view a fireworks 
display for Rodgers on the Jersey 
shore. 

Among the other stunts ar- 
ranged was a detour to a pier at 
158th St. About 15 kids from two 
R&H shows, "King and F* and 
"South Pacific,” were assembled 
there to sing to Rodgers a number 
of his tunes. 


Baritone Igor Gorin will be the 
guest soloist on "The Telephone 
Hour” Monday (71 on NBC, with 
the Bell Symphony Orchestra, di- 
rected by Donald Voorhees. 


•Broadway hit thfe’ sehsiobial. skids 
last "week. The general attendance 
slump' nipped all except th'e '^big 
thrde” sellouts. Of the under- 
capacity draws, the long-run leader, 
"South Pacific,” was affected the 
least Business was generally lively 
Monday and Tuesday nights (23-24) 
and at the Wednesday matinee 
(25), but sagged thereafter, with 
stifling weather an aggravating 
factor. 

The total gross for all 15 
shows last week was $397,900, or 
74% of capacity. Week before 
last, the total for all. 15 shows 
was $409;000> or 78% of capacity, 
a decline of 1% from the preced- 
ing week, 

A year ago Iasi week the total 
for all 19 shows •was $471,500, or 
70%, a drop of 4% firom the 
we.ek before. 

Business is expected to- droop 
further this week, with particularly 
slow going over the weekend, in- 
cluding the Fourth of July holiday. 
Conditions may be even worse the 
following week, when television 
coverage of the Republican na- 
tional convention in Chicago. wlU 
probably get public attention. Ac- 
cording: to-, previous years’ preced- 
ent, no substantial improvement is 
due until the first or second week 
of- August. ' 

The only recent entry, last week’s 
"Wish You- Were IRire,” drew a 
generally unfavorable press, but 
registered a sizable parb'Week 
gross, with the advance sale ap^ 
parently a,' major factor. Window 
trade since the opening has been 
brisk, however. 

"Point of No Return” shuttered 
last Saturday night (281, but re- 
opens in- five weeks. "Mrs, Me- 
Thing” continues through July 19, 
then goes- to Central City, Col., for 
a short engagement, after which it 
resumes Its Broadway run. At 
least one show is a possibility to 
fold this week. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Keys: C (Comedy) (Drama), 
CD (Comedy-Drama), R (Revue), 
MC (Mmical Comedy), MD (Musi- 
col Drama),, O' (Operetta), 

Other parenthetic designations 
refer, respectively, to top^ price; 
niimher seair, capacity gross and 
stars. Price includes 20% amuse- 
ment tax, but grosses are net: i.e., 
exclusive of iaxi 

“Fourposter,” Barrymore (36th 
wk) (C-$4.80; 1,012; $24,996) (Betty 
Field, Burgess Meredith). Aboirt 
$14,300 (previous week, $17,300). 

“Guys and Dolls,” 46th Street 
(84th wk) (MG-$6.60; 1,319; $43,- 
904). As always, $44;400. 

“I Am a Camera,” Empire (31st 
wk) (CD-$4.80-$6; .l',0«2; $24,908). 
Nearly $10,800 (previous week, 
$14,400). 

“King and L” St. James (66th 
wk) (MC-$7,20; 1,571; $51,717) 

(Gertrude Lawrence). As usual, 
over $51,700; Celeste Holm took 
over the femme lead last night 
(Tues.), while Miss Lawrence takes' 
a six-week vacation. 

“Male Animal,” Music- Box (9th 
wk) (C-$4.80; 1,012; $25,903) (ElUot 
Nugent, Martha Scott, Robert 
Preston). Almost $16,500 (previous 
week $17,900). 

' “Moon is Btae,” Miller (69th wk) 
CC-$4'.80; 920; $21,586) (Donald 

Cook, Barry Nelson, Maggie- Mc- 
Namara). Nearly $9,700 (previous 
week, $11,600). 

.“Mrs. McThing” Morosco (l»th 
wk) (CD-$4:80r 912; $26,800) (Helen 
Hayes). Over $20,200 (previous, 
week, $21,800); exits July 19 for 
a short guest-run at Central City, 
Col., then 'resumes here. 

“New Faces,” Royale (7th wk) 
(R-$6; 1,035; $30,600); Approached 
$29,300 (previous week, $30,100). 

“Of Thee I Sing,” Ziegfeld (8th 
wk) (M(:-$3.60; 1,628; $31,000) 

(Jack Carson, Paul Hartman). 
Almost $16,400 (previous week, 
$20,700). 

“Paint Your Wagon,” Shubert 
(33d wk) (MO$6; 1,361; $41,770) 
(Eddie Dowling). Nearly $23,100 
(previous week, $26,200). 

“Pal Joey,” Broadhurst (26th 
wk) (MC-$6.60; 1,160; $39,602) 

(Vivienne SegaL Harold Lang). As 
usual, over $40,000; two leads are 
now billed above the show title. 

“Point of No )Re^n,” AMn 
(29th wk) (D-$4.80-$6; 1,331; $37,- 
924) (Henry Fonda), Approached 
$19,600 (previous week, $23,200); 
shuttered Saturday night (28) for 
:five-week layoff; financial details in 
.separate story. 

“South Pacific,” Majestic (167th 
wk) (MC-$6; 1,659; $50,186) (Martha 
Wright, George Britton). Over 
$43,800 (previous week, $44,100) 
“Top Banana,” Winter Garden 
(35th wk) (CD-$6.60-$7.20; 1,519; 


$51,8^1) (Phil Silvers), Approached 
$30,35 o. (pr*€Vious 
Jack Carter takes over as star July 
21, when Silvers leaves for a four- 
week vacation. * 

“Wish You Were Here;” Ltiperial 
(1st wk) (MC-$7.20; 1,400; $5i;847). 
Opened Wednesday night (25) to • 
one favorable notice (Chapman* 
News), six pans (Atldnion, Times: 
Coleman, Mirror; Hawkins, Worli^ 
Telegram. & Sun; Kerr, Herald 
Tribune; McClain, Jourpal-Amerilr 
can; Rice, Post) and one indecisive 
(Pollock, Compass); first five jwr- 
formances grossed almost $27300, ' 
plus $10,000 for two paid previews: 
the b.o., sale perked Monday night 
(30). 





Los Angeles; July 1,. 

Legit blossomed here last week 
as a pair of newcomers started l<r 
cal nma. Leader was “Call Me 
Madam,” which got off to a $52> 

500 start in the first of its five 
weeks; at, the 2,670-seafe .Philhar- 
monic Auditorium as., the second 
offering, of the Civic Light Opera 
Assn., season. 

"SUlag 17,” which bowed 
Thursday night (26) to. launch it! 
national tour,, grabbed a. good $9,^ 
500 for the first three days (four 

g erforminces) of the two and one-*' 
alf week stand at the 1, 636-seat 
Biltmore. 

"Christopher Cojumbus Brown,” 
all-Negro musical fantasy, bowed 
at the 400-seat Las Palmas last 
night (Mom) having been post- 
poned from last week. 



IN SAIT LAKE CITY WEEK 

Salt Lake City, July 1, 
"South Pacific,” starring Janet 
Blair and Webb Tilton, played a 
six-day, eight-performance stand at 
the Capitol Theatre here last week 
to a,, bulging' $52,400 gross. House 
was practically sold out In ad^ 
vance, with only lowest priced tix 
available after the opening. 

Company moved to San Francis- 
co where it opened last night 
(Mon.) for a four-week stand. 


Robert Q. Sets CU Area 
Mark With 28 G ‘Charley’ 

Chicago, July 1. 

Robert Q. Lewis, set a silo boxr 
office record, hereabouts for a 
straight play at Chevy Chase, 
Wheeling, 111., last week for a nine- 
day run ■ of "Charley’s Aunt.” 
Comic racked up a record $25,653 
for 13 performances, although he 
had to interrupt the run to fly 
into New York last Wednesday (25) 
-to emcee a television show. Tent; 
seating over 1,000, was practically 
SRO at all times. .Comedian has 
been booked for a retUrii ’date in 
the show the we^k of July' 14-20. 

Phil Tyrell, managini( /producer, 
has rebooked the TV st^ for a 
week, starting July 15, lA-ihe same 
farce. John Ireland and Joanne 
Dru are current in "John Loves 
Mary.” 


Cnirreiit- Road Shows 

{June 3Q-July 12) 

“Bell Book and Candle” (Joan 
Bennett, Zachary Scott) — Harris, 
Chicago (30-12). 

“Call Me Madam” — Philhas> 
monic, L. A. (30-12). 

“Good Night Ladles” — Hanna, 
Cleveland (30-5); Cass, Detroit (T- 
12). ' 

“Guys and DoUs’i— Shubert, Chi- 
cago (30-12). 

“Moon is Bine” (Diana Lynn, 
David Niven) — La Jolla Playhouse, 
La Jolla, CaL (1-5); Alcazar, San 
Francisco (7-12). 

“Porgy and Bess”— -Civic Opera 
House, Chicago (30-5). 

“Song of Norway”— Curran, S.F, 
(30-12); 

“!^uth Pacific” (Janet Blair, 
Webb Tilton)— Opera House, S. P. 
(30-12): 

“Stalag 17”— Biltmore. L. A. (30- 

12 ). 


jMI UBCITIMATW 


D. C Arena Theatre Clicks Despite 
Competition^ 'Darling of Embassy Row 


Washington, July 1. 
With the question of <whethcV ot 
not the nation's capital can stfpport 
two legits' still unanswered, > :third 
theatre is winding up its- second 
year of modest hut successful ex- 
istence. Arena Theatv^r town’s 
,247-seat theatre-ln-the-round, cel- 
ebrates its second anniversary Aug. 
10 with its ledgers firmly in the 
black and its position in the com- 
munity's cultural life solidly estab- 
lished. 

Started on an investment of $15,- 
000 raised by popular subscription, 
at $50 per share, Arena is the 
brainchild, of two former George 
Washington U. Drama Dept, staff- 
ers, Edward Mangum and Zelda 
Fichandler. 

Mis^ Fichandler, who took over 
as sole managing director when ill 
health forced Mangum to set up 
shop in Hawaii, boasts that. In less 
than two years, the group has ad- 
vanced to an all-Equity status, has 
been in the black for three out of 
four productions, and has made 
back its total investment with 
enough left over to declare a small 
d^idend. Best ot all, id a town 
noted for its tough critical corps, 
it has won consistent praise for 
high calibre of its efforts. Current 
show, John Patrick’s “Hasty 
Heart,” directed by Alan Schnei- 
der, hit the critical jackpot with 
four raves ahd no dissenters. 

‘ Diplomatic Advice 

Interesting angle of the growth 
of the little theatre group is* its 
international aspects. It’s the dar- 
ling of Embassy Row, and numbers 
the British Ambassador and wife; 
and Madame Bonnet, wife of the 
French Ambassador, a* jregular 
customers. Even the Soviet Am- 
bassador came for “Inspector Gen- 
eral,” apd at one time or another, 
it has had reps from every Embas- 
sy in town. Foreign diplomats, 
more accustomed to the Idea of 
repertory theatre thaq Americans, 
have shown their enthusiasm by 
even giving free t^hnical advice 
for certain plays. 

Average run for the first year 
was two weeks. As theatre grew 
and audiences expanded, this has 
been nushed up to four weeks, with 
an all-time high set by “Three Men 
On a Horse,” which ran for 10 
consecutive weeks. 

Operation is unique, remaining 
unaffected by general tenor of show 
biz or the other legits. With a top 
take of $2,600 and a weekly but 
of about $2,000, this is smalltime 
stuff, but substantial in its effect 
on the community. 

Scale of house is to be upped 
from $1.90 to $2.40 for Fridays and 
Saturdays, starting next week. 
Week runs from Tuesday through 
Sunday, with Saturday matinee. 
Salary ’ scale is the Equity mini- 
mum, a straight $55 for all 10 full- 
time employees, with a sliding 
scale for jobbers. Recent additions 
to staff include Catholic tf.’s Alan 
Schneider, director of the current 
play, who will start full time after 
his summer of civic repertory in 
England, and Cody Pfanstiehl, local 
radio publicist, who is outside press 
consultant. Theatre is air-condi- 
tioned, but takes August off as va- 
cation for the staff. 

Arena, modest in size, has caught 
on as a community institution and 
seems fast on the way towards a 
national rep for top-drawer reper- 
tory theatre. 

'Hamy,’ ‘Liyes’ Stir 
Seattie Strawhatters 

Seattle, July 1. 

Two area strawhat theatres get 
started this month,' with the 
Mercer Island Summer Theatre 
kicking off with “Haiwey” on July 
15, and the Surrey Play barn July 
24 with Noel Coward’s “Private 
Lives.” 

Summer theafre fare here also 
features weekly operation of three 
U. of " Washington drama school’s 
theatres, Penthouse, Showboat and 
Playhouse, and al fresco produc- 
tions at the Aquatheatre by the 
Park Board’s “Music Under the 
Stars” troupe. 


'Millionairess’ a j^adi 
In London for Siiburn 

London, July 1. 

George Bernard Shaw’s comedy, 
“The Millionairess ” opened at the 
New Theatre Friday (27) with 
Katharine Hepburn contributing 
an outstandingly vital performance. 
Her portrayal lifts the play to fx*ont 
rank success and makes it a surefire 
heatwaves heater for as long as 'the 
star desires. 

Excellent support from Peter 
Dynele'y, Cyril Ritchard, Irene Sut- 
cliffe, Campbell Gotts and Bertram 
Shuttleworth, among others, along 
with sharp direction by Michael 
Benthall capitalize upon Shaw's 
pungent and penetrating humor. 
Revival is presented by Tennent 
Productions, Ltd., and is set for a 
limited season, 

Mpk Choralaires fiiuiUy 
Get European Jaunt Set 
After Coin, Plane Snarls 

Minneapolis, July 1. 

By the skin of its teeth, the 
Minneapolis Choralakes, local 45- 
person singing group, is getting 
abroad to participate in the Wales 
international music contest and to 
give concerts In Scotland and Eng- 
land. 

The group's campaign to raise 
the necessary $22,000 finances 
ended $7,000 short. It . refused a 
local brewery sponsorship which 
would have provided the additional 
sum. Then plane, reservations 
were cancelled and the jaunt 
called off. 

However, after local newspapers 
publicized the situation, additional 
donors came forward with the 
$7,000. Then the group found 
that plane reservations were Un- 
available. 

At the 11th hour, TWA advised 
that a special plane w'ould be sent 
across to carry the singers. North- 
west Airlines also furnished a spe- 
cial plane to carry them to New 
York. 

The Choralaires are scheduled, 
to give nine concerts in England, 
Scotland and Wales in 12 days. Bob 
Mantzke, the director, is the son of 
Frank Mantzke, former Universal 
branch manager here and in Mil- 
waukee, and now head of a film 
buying and booking group and 
theatre circuit. 


Cherokee Indian Drama 
Bows in Third Season 

Greensboro, N. C., July 1. 

“Unto These Hills,” Kermit 
Hunter’s historical Indian drama, 
opened Its third season on the 
Cherokee, N. C., Indian Reserva- 
tion, Saturday (28). Show will un- 
fold nightly at Mountainside The- 
atre for nine consecutive perform- 
ances, and thereafter except Mon- 
days through Sept. 1. : 

Drama played to 151,774 persons 
for a record attendance last year. 
This season it has a rescoring of 
Cherokee composer Jack Frederick 
Kilpatrick’s mood music, a revised 
Battle of Horseshoe Bend scene, 
and an enlarged cast. With prac- 
tically the entire original first-year 
cast hack, the acting company num- 
bers over 130, largest yet, of which 
more than 70 are Cherokee In- 
dians. 

Director again is Harry Davis, 
John Shearin is back from A year 
of stock in Korea and Japan to 
again play Tsali; Ross Durfee is 
Junaluska; Robert Tedder, Will 
Thomas; Bernard Barrow, Major 
Davis; and Don Treat, John Ross. 
Peter Strader is the shouting Rev. 
Schermerliorn, and Josephine 
Sharkey, the homespun Mrs. Per- 
kins. 

Four of the' principal speaking 
roles are played by Cherokee In- 
dians whose forebears lived the 
storj' that is being recreated. 


— II 11 1 1 

SIBYL BOW AH 

SOUTH SHORE MUSIC CIRCUS 
Cohasstt, 



Brit. Renews Permits 
Of Yanks in ‘Pacific' 

London, July l. 

British Equity Council decided 
today (Tues.) not to oppose re- 
newal of labor permits for Amer- 
ican members of the cast of “South 
Pacific,” at the Drury Lane here. 
Except for 'Bette St. John, who al- 
ready has been replaced, and 
Archie ; Savage, whose pagt has been 
wrilien .&Ul, the U, S. players in 
the shoV' JOfC .thhs allowed to re- 
main three more jrtvoiiths, after 
which their status will be reviewed 
again. 

It had been feared that if, at the 
suggestion of Equity, the Labor 
Ministry had not renewed the per- 
mits of the Americans, the Rod- 
gers-Hammerstein musical might 
have had to close. 

THEATRE AND UBRARY 
NAT’L POWWOW INK. Y. 

The Theatre Library Association 
holds its national meeting today 
(Wed.) at the N. Y. Society Li- 
brary, 53 East 79th St. Margo 
Jones, Clarence Derwent and Rok 
ert C. Schnitzel* will speak for the 
theatre. Katharine Clugston of the 
Library of Copgress, Sarah Chokla 
Gross of' the Broadside, and Paul 
Myers of the N. Y. Public Library, 
will compete the roster. George 
Freedley will preside. 

Edith Crowell of the N. Y. So- 
ciety Library and Elizabeth Bar* 
rett of the N. Y. Public Library 
will be hostesses at the reception. 
Theatre and library personalities 
will be present. 


Barn Notes 

Don Farnworth and Joan Bow- 
man, who’ve danced in Broadway 
musicals, inaugurate their newly- 
formed dance team this week at 
the Balsams, Dixville Notch, N. H, 
Team will also do choreography 
and be featured in two musicals 
at the Great Neck, N. Y., Summer 
Theatre, this season. 

Walter Pritchard Eaton, vet 
drama critic and Yale' Drama 
School staffer, sidelined with 
laryngitis . . . “Ramshackle I n n,” 
second offering of the Berkshire 
Playhouse, Stockbridge, Mass., 
opened last week 'to a crowded 
house after star ZaSu Pitts recov- 
ered just in time from pt.omaine 
poisoning, which." caused her hos- 
pitalization'. . .Charva Chester is 
advance stage managed for “Ram- 
shackle Inn.” John Babbinirton, of 
the Charleston Dock St. Theatre, 
is on front office staff for the 
Berkshire Playhouse. 

Jobn Loder In “O Misti’ess 
Mine,” opening production of the 
SaCandaga Park, N. Y., Summipr 
Theatre this week, is supported by 
Ruth Altman as leading lady. 
Others in the company are Joyce 
Lear, Peter Brandon, Adnia Rice 
and Kathleen ClayiKml, Eddie 
Rich, producer of the new straw- 
hat, presented Loder in a 4()-week 
tour in the comedy. 

Mary Hunter staged “Idiot’s 
Delight,” current week’s bill at the 
Westport (Conn.) Country Playr 
house, co-starring Luba Malina and 
Scott McKay . . . Marblehead 
(Mass.) Playhouse, occupying the 
local high-school auditorium, is 
under management of William B. 
Cowen, Jr., with Florence Gillmore 
as pressagent . . . ► The Westport 
Country Playhouse is having a 
lobby exhibition of sketches by 
theatrical cartoonist Al HirscbfCld, 
author of “Show Business Is No 
Business” . . , The Arena Theatre, 
Rochester (N. Y.) stock company 
which recently went Equity, last 
week repaid the backers $1,000 of 
their $6,000 investment. 


Lincoln 


Continued from page 


lina; directed by William Macll- 
wlnen, and acted mostly by nearby 
college students, the show has 
pace, variety and color. 

There Is^ music, also by Hunter 
(old hynrns and folktiines largely), 
beautifully siing by ah acapella 
choir from the U. of Illinois. There 
are good dance sequences by 
Charles Conklin, using Indian and 
square dancing motifs. Costuming 
by Fairfax Walkup is colorful and 
lighting is effective. 

Liffcon is played by a young 
Springfield lawyer, Harlington 
Wood, Jr., almost a dead ringer. 
Ho does well, though he’s some- 
times w^ooden. Of the others, Gor- 
don Oasheira, Dorothy Silver and 
Harry LaTicr are outstanding in a 
generally good cast. 


ij 



V«iJne,i<l«y, July 2. 1952 



lI«U-P«at Elglit 

Glasgow. Jun? 


20,' 


Stewart Cruikahank M 

Howard Sc Wyudham rew**. StatffJJby 
Heath Joyce, haucea by ! 

louirhby, Orch dhj^ctfd by JMck B6l*a' 
worth. At Theatre hoyal, GlaasoW, 


..This is fairly bright revue. fare, 

with much emphasis bn the 

tacular. It adds up to entertain-, 
ing stuff, though .sbme of the 
sketches could do with* crisper tag- 
lines. Large cast is exti-emely ver- 
satile, costumes ai-e of high qual- 
ity, and the . dancing of Abton & 
Yolette is a standout.' 

Show, hoWever, is heavy-handed 
in opening half, with poorest 
sketches making for heavy going 
and the laughs coming with diffi- 
culty. Despite this handicap, Stan-, 
ley Baxter, young Scot comedian 
making his bow in the bigtime, 
acquits himseH well, particularly 
in solo spots. He’s at his best in 
silent mime as a young lady bath- 
ing herself, and he works well in 
sketches. With more definite style, 
he should soon be . a leading Scot 
comedian. ^ ^ 

Teaming with Baxter and George 
Lacy, prominent English comic, is 
not the best matmg, ' however/ 
Their Dame comedy has too much 
of a Jdnship. Obviously, Lacy is 
featured as co-star to buttress .the 
new Scot comedian. This timid 
policy doesn't pay dividends. Star- 
ring of Baxter as solo top would 
have been a hold and much-appre* 
elated move. On his showing, he’s 
fit to head any No. 1 Scot revue^ 

Bond Rowell, longtime foil to 
comic Jack Anthony, has now 
joined the Howard & Wyndham 
outfit and brings much experience- 
to feeding the new young comic. 
Cicely Hullett is an experienced 
comedienne, with a vefy nice ap- 
pearance. 

George Lacy himself has a good 
solo spot, revealing that he's as 
fine an artist as ever. There Is haiv 
mony from a new English act, the 
Four in a Chord, and Andrew Mac- 
phe^son handles the Scottish songs 
in excellent voice. Gord. 


liiebe bei Kerzenlicbt 

(Love at Candlelight) 

Zurich, June 20. 

Albert Pulmxnn production of comedy 
In three aoti by Steji^iied Gever. Di- 
rected by Xrhard Sledel. Set by Hermann 
K^gihenn, At Theatre am Central. 

Baron Rommer Frame Dehler 

Count Sandor Walter Roderer 

Counteca Sandor.. Hedda Ippen 

Marla Crete Heyer 

Baatlen Wolfyany Dauscha 

Delay ‘ XllMheth Arnold 

Chauffeur .*. . . .£nzo Frtlni 


With a little more wit and imag- 
ination plus better workout of the 
characters and a few good tunes 
this could serve as a good plot for 
a musical comedy. In its present 
form, as a 'straight comedy, it rates 
little more than a few chuckles and 
is only mildly entertaining. Clev- 
erly adapted and rewritten, it 
might have moderate U.S. chances. 

Plot concerns an ambitious 
chambermaid who poses, as her 
own employer, a glamorous coun- 
tess, in order to get acq^uainted 
with a baron known as a ladykiller. 
She doesn’t know, though, that the 
supposed baron is only the latter's 
butler and that the baron has been 
carrying on an affair vdth the 
countess for some time. 

The performance Is generally 
satisfactory and makes the most of 
the thin material. The “serving” 
couple, played by Grete Heger and. 
Wolfgang Dauscha, rates top acting, 
honors. Franz Dealer loolw suave 
enough to convince as the baron, 
while , Hedda .Ippen, as the genu- 
ine countess, is eyefilling. Erhard 
Siedel’s direction Is adequate and 
Hermann Eggmann’s one set has 
style and atmosphere. Me^ro, 


(Faith, Love, Hope) 

. Vienna, June 1' 

Play in one act (6 scenes) by Odon 
Hori^th Produced by Kleines Tlu 
in Konzerthaus. Directed by Mic 
»€ts by Harry Gluck. 

Poschl, Harry Glocl 
Kurt Hadleckor, Carl Merz, '■Rudolf 
ner, Klaus Scholz. Lotte Neumayer. 
Bukovics. Josef Gmeinder. Anton 
dolph, Elfriode Trambauer, Karl Mlt 
Maria Urban, Rudolf Schonwald, > 
ander l^rszt, Wolfgany Litscliauer, 
Kuntz, l^lch Margo, Walter Weber. 
lUcines Theatre In Konzerthaus, Vie 


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“Faith, Love, Hope.” 


leii oe 
His ] 

have decided what the playw: 
probably would have denied- 
it Is a finished play. Seen he) 
its first production, it seems i 
like a sketch for a play that 
writer meant to fill in later. I 
the bare outline of a powerful 
moving drama. But as .seen in 
excellently mounted and acted 
formance, this offers no more 
some sharply etched char; 
studies against a somber 1 
ground of the tragedy of the 
tie people.” 

A very ordinary girl, effect 
portrayed by Trude Poschl, is 



lilay'S ^central figure. The scrint 
purpttTts to show how she is e? 
lushed and dragged to destruction 
by; '.bureaucracy, the .little S 
paragraphs of the law that nS 
llfe^ a labyrinth for even the sure, 
fopted in the . police states. bI 
cause she peddled corsets withoui 
a license she has beefi fined. bS 
cause she Was fined she cannot get 
a license, because she cannot m 
the licence she steals. And becau*;® 
she has stolen,, the one man who 
cares for her, a« egotistical young 
policeman, dares not marry her 

The Kleine's Theatre ensemble 
Vienna’s most talented dramatic 
.group offers refreshingly modern 
performances in contrast to the 
.customary . Austrian heaviness 
Kehlihann's direction is sldllful’ 
the sets effective on the tiny staep 
Miss Poschl is superb; the rest of 
the cast falls a little short. But 
there’s nothing for Broadway. 

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election, in which the conserva- 
tive forces won a sweeping victory, 
In ; general, the conservatives tend 
h) be against merger, with the 
progressive element favoring it. 
littpracilcal Plan? 

'Aside from the financial aspect 
of the matter (Equity has the larg- 
est treasury of any of the per- 
former unions), the conservative 
resistance to the merger was ap- 
parently expressed by Sidney 
Blackmer in ■% speech before the 
Coast chapter last spring. Actor 
termed the plan impractical, and 
added that the members of such 
affiliates as the Ameiican Federa- 
tion of Radio ,Artlsts and the 
American (5uild "of Variety Artists 
are “performers” rather than ac* 
tors. ’ , 


With AFRA and Television Au- 
thority set to try to push through 
their proposed separate merger, 
the key to the situation appears 
to lie with AGVA, which has heavy 
voting strength and the balance 
of power in the Associated Actors 
8c Artistes . of America board. 
Thus, although the parent organi- 
zation has the authority to halt the 
TVA-AFRA hitch, it cannot make 
such a move without AGVA’s ap- 
proval. 


AGV.^ however, apparently 
favors . the TVA-AFRA merger, 
provided it can bt a party to it. 
But ^A'-AFRA heads, under the 
leadership of George Heller, TVA 
executive secretary, are aware of 
AGVA’s numerical strength, and 
are understood ,to be fearful of 
being 'swallowed up If the vaude- 
niteiy outfit were to become part 
of a three-way outfit. 

That tends to make Equity the 
key to the problem. But Equity, 
despite the several-times record 
vote of its council, is still cautious 
about morger. This stems from the 
: traditional stand-pat attitude of its 
veteran members, plus an anxiety 
io hang on to its substantial bank- 
Toll. 


‘Blessings’ 

Continued from page 54 


tor, who will also appear in the 
role of Fiona in the first show, and 
Zack Waters, Broadway character 
actor, who is company director and 
wdll stage the musical shovi's. 
Stanley M. Pontiere is acting as 
production manager. 

James Brock is doing the chore- 
ography for the first show, while 
Almon Boyd Smith designed the 
•sets, and Bonnie Smith the cos- 
tumes. Ed Hogan will conduct the 


Leads in ‘‘Brigadoon” include 
tiex Bqrke, William Peters, Senta 
on EhDfenfiied, Edrie Selllck, Beth 
>arks, Ed McKean, Tom Miller, 
ames Brock, Almon Boyd Smith, 
lonrad Eaddy, Norman Bacon, 
Villiam Caldwell and John Grasso. 

Dwight is offering season seats 
or $17.60 and $13.20, with singles 
it $2.40 and $1.80, tax included, 
n addition, 300 seats for each per- 
0 )rmance are offered for $1.20. 

Spot will play five nights a wee^ 
Vednesday through Sunday. Foi- 
owing “Brigadoon,” which closes 
lunday night (6), will come 
ifesterday,” July 9-13; Lady m 
he Dark,” (16-20); “Arsenic and 
)ld Lace,” (23-27); “Best Foot For- 
vard,” July 30-Aug. 3; “See How 
Dhey Run,” (6-10); 

Joes,” (13-17); “Detective Sto^, 
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SewAvd Sues Wilkerson . 

Thomas E. Seward .filed suit 
agaiust WEliam E. Wilkerson» 
ownejf and publisher of the Hol- 
lywood Eeportei*, seeWng sf set- 
tlement of Jhis contract. . 

Seward, who recently anlded the 
trade paper, wants $125,00():.f6r his 
estimated 38% of the stock. Wil- 
kerson is reported to have offered 
over $50,000. Case coines up 
July 9. 

Busy Bids On 'Frank' 

Doubleday has received queries 
on dramatic rights to “Anne Frank: 
The Diary of a Young Girl, from 
a large number of producers. 
Amortg those who’ve expressed in- 
terest are Maxwell Anderson and 
the Playwrights Co., Lemuel. Ayers, 
Julian Claman, Kerhiit Bloom- 
gai’den, Cheryl Crawford, Walter 
Fried, Max Gordon, Leland Hay- 
ward, Joshua JjOgan, Norman Eose, 
Theatre Guild, Shepard Traube, 
Eobert Whitehead and ANTA. 

There have also been some 
dickers from Hollywood studios. 
On TV and radio, bids are being 
held in abeyance until dramatic 
rights are sold. Publisher has in- 
vited Otto Frank, father of the 
author (latter was killed by the 
Nazis), to come to the U. S. from 
Europe to participate in the nego- 
tiations: 

Col. Barney Oldfield Upped 

New roster of U, S. Air Force 

f >romotions threw a wide enough 
oop to pick up Col. Barney Old- 
field as chief of public information 
for General Laiiris Norstad's Hq 
Allied Air Forces Central Europe 
in Fontainebleau, France. ^ 

An ex-VARiETY hand, Oldfield 
has been in, or journalistically and 
public relations-wise around the 
edges of the amusement industry 
»ince 1930. He was a film editor 
and columnist, had 889 stints of 
consecutive nighttime yatata on 
radio, pulled two years in the 
Warner Bros, publicity department 
in Burbank, and is presently holdr 
ing open, house for the Air Force 
for those with a few paragraphs to 
fill. 

Still toting the 23-year old port- 
able Eemlngton,- plastered with the 
stickers of 26 countries, on which 
he i\Tote his first of many pieces 
for Variety, he barges about Eu 
rope like commuting in from West- 
chester. The old files show, his 
presence all the way from the 
premier of a Phil Stong pic in Des 
Moines, through the liberation of 
Paris, the cave-in of Hitler's “ice 
cream front" in Copenhagen, find- 
ing Dr. Josef Goebbels’ bed, the 
arrival to occupy Berlin, with *the 
first troops into Seoul after being 
backed up with them to the stand- 
fast In Taegu, Korea, etc. 

Extreme mobility of his present 
labor Is Illustrated in the fact that 
he is in Europe because, just arriv- 
ing back from Korea in time for 
Christmas dinner, 1950, he was 
hurried up on the wav to Washing- 
ton to catch a plane for Paris New 
Year's Day to be an advance man 
for General Eisenhower's whirl- 
wind NATO tour when he took 
command. • 


fqotie with both sides during World 
Wat II and woimd up before a 
German firing squad. House Je 
Sets will launch second. Both 
Skedded for spring. of '53. 

Alexandrov sail$ from Cannes 
July 13 to spend fodi" months in- 
Library of Congress, Washington, 
doing research on historical novel, 
“The Eed Empress," a story of 
Empress Catherine and the j^oung- 
er John Quincy Adams who, at age 
of 'l9, wa&the fledgling Eepublic’s 
ambassador to Imperial Eussia. 

iSturgls' Saranac Stint 

Norman Sturgis, who was 
stricken with TB while on the ad 
staff of Life 'mag two years ago. 
has now been completely cured at 
Saranac Lake, but has taken up 
permanent residence there to be- 
come pubEcity man for the town 
and its medical services. 

He works under the direction of 
WllEam C, White, son-in-la^ of Wil- 
liam Morris, who was one of the 
founders of the Will Rogers Hos- 
pitsd in the community, and whose 
son, William Morris, Jr„ still main- 
tains a home there. 


CarrolPa Pari* Degree 
Joseph Robert Carroll, quondam 
moppet magician, was given a Doc- 
tor Music degree by the U. of Paris, 
recently. 

Carroll, who as a teenager played 
USO-Camp Shows and got a mas- 
ter’s degree at ‘the New England 
conservatory of Music by. playing 
nitery and private dates, was the 
only American there to be given 
a doctorate in music for 1952. His 
254-page thesis, written in French, 
a requirement of the U. of Paris, 
has been accepted for publication 
for the spring of '53 by Editions de 
Tranquilite. The subject is a his- 
tory of Byzantine liturgical music. 

The doctor is still in good stand- 
ing with the Society of American 
Magicians and International 
Brotherhood of Magicians. 


In- 

the 


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publishing firm; Among new H-W 
releases is “Revolt on the Painted 
Desert,'' by Earl Haley, former 
Hollywood produce! and assistant 
director to Cecil B, DeMEle. 






TV No« filobai 

: Continued! from pace 3 


u M M Vi - 4 » Seully 4 » i m ♦ 

* ; ' ■ Hollywood 

Though I personally have romped the ojmsh ranges of life and lettm 
like an unroped bronco for 40 years, I always feel a cold chill of feav 
for those who have enjoyed the security of a nice Warm box stall 
ment has signed a contract for con- now want out. • . • ' 

struction of a $500,000 government This feeling resolves into chills and fevers when I read of a picture 
station at Caracas. It is expected star who has been on* one solvent lot for 10 years or so, and Is now 

to be ready by the end of Noyem- using every legal device to break the home ties and try his hand at 

her. British Marconi is to install free enterprise. , 
commercial video station, also at it is easy fdr actorf* to b« beguiled by their, press notices and forget 
Caracas. -This will be ready about that some of the lines they are reading are actually wflections from 
the same time. Definition of the those in th^ir own faces, and that the skills of makeup men in hiding 

^ those lines cannot be carried on forever. It is one of the ironies of 

their profession that when they are young and handsome they get paid 
little for knowing less, and when they know more, and are worth more 
the lines begin to show, and soon it is time for them to think about 
running things from behind th| camera instead of in front of it. 

But now and then one emergen from this complicated network while 
still young enough to knock off 'several millions on his own. In this 
exclusive fraternity Alan Ladd, I suspect, would be head man. After 


stations has not been disclosed. 
City of Bogota, Colombia, will 
get the first TV transmitter in that 
country. It is to be according to 
the U. S, 525-line standard. The 
equipment and an order of 5,000 
receivers have both been con- 
tracted to British manufacturers. 


Idea is to have a pilot transmitter grossing $60,000,000 for Par in a flock of pictures which were mediocre 


St. L. Daily Hikes Ad Rate 
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 
only a.m. paper in this town has 
notified all advertisers that its 
rates will be hiked a flat 10% 
cross the board starting Aug. 1. 

Increased costs of materials, 
wages, etc., are given as the cause 
of the boost. Entertainment adver- 
tiser's, particularly the motion pio^- 
ture theatjres, will be hit hardest 
as they uo\v pay the highest rate. 


Lauterbach Award 

First annual Richard E. Lauter- 
bach award, made to the American 
who has via his writings, made the 
“most substantial contribution to 
the cause of cjvil liberties," will 
go to U. S. Supreme Court Justice 
William O. Douglas. 

Douglas will' get the $1,000 
award on returning from his for- 
eign travels in the fall. Member- 
ship of the Authors Guild, which 
ballots for the winner, cited the as 
sociate justice for his lecture at 
Brandeis U., later published in the 
New York Times magazine as 
“TheJBlack Silence of Fear," 


Alexandrov’s Projects 
Victor Alexandrov, one - time 
Warner Bros, flack and later Holly 
wood screen'writer, has just deliv- 
ered scripts of two books, “Chaos 
Through Victory” and “The. Gen- 
eral” to his French publishers. The 
former, a sequel to his<ifirst book, 
“Joui-ney Through Chaos,” which 
was published in the U. S. by 
Crown (with an introduction by 
Upton Sinclair) goes to Caiman 
Levy. The second is a con.siderably 
edited diary of General Kyrille 
Vlassov, Russian soldier who played 


CHATTER 

Herbert Eau in Hollywood 
terviewing film names for 
Miami Daily News. 

Louis Sobol in Hollywood to 
round up film chatter for his 
Hearst-syndicated N. Y. column. 

Charles Laughton wrote a fore- 
word for a special edition of Shaw's. 
“Don Juan in Hell,” to be published 
by Dodd, Mead 3c Co. 

Vantage Press is publishing *T 
Found America,” authored by 
Philip L. Gabriel, Los Angeles 
show business investor. 

“The Landsmen,” novel by Peter 
Martin, American Broadcasting Co, 
script ed, will be published hy Lit- 
tle, Brown this month. 

Louis Kronenberger's “The- 
Thread of Laughter” and Nofman 
Katkov's ‘Tabulous Fanny Brice” 
on Knopf's summer-fall list. ' 

Dick Fehr, pubUc relations v.p. 
at Doherty, Clifford Sc Shenfleld, 
has a piece, on a new version of 
baseball in Redbook.for July. 

Jean Ennis upped to publicity' 
director of Random House, vice 
David McDowell, who is now devot- 
ing full time to editorial projects. 

Kay Ashton-Stevens back . to 
Chi, after a week's huddling with 
publishers on some of her late 
husband’s writings for book pub- 
lication. 

Lawrence Lader’s . story on th« 
Palace Theatre, and Grady John- 
son’s profile on Marlon Brando, 
are in tlie July issue of Coronet 
magazine. 

David Karp will have his first 
novel, “The Big Feeling,” pub- 
lished by Lion Books this fall. 
Karp writes for the “Aunt Jenny” 
radio program. 

F, Hugh Herbert completed an- 
other novel, “Loose Leaves' from a 
Ring Thing,” told in the. form of a 
young girl’s diary, for publication 
by Random Hbuse. 

Louis Messolonghites upped to 
asst, exec editor at King Features 
Syndicate, In N. Y. He’ll also be 
in charge of KFS coverage at both 
politico conventions in Chi. 

“Hollywood Boulevardier,” hu- 
morous Hollywood column. ' by 
radio-television comedy writer 
Herman El.ler, debuted July 1 in 
some 40 newspapers. 

Barnet Biro, currently appear- 
ing in “Idiot's Delight" at the 
Westport (Conn.) Country Play- 
-| house, has sold a story based on 
his Navy experiences to the Vet- 
erans of Foreign Wars magazine 
for September. 

Joe Shallit, former Philly 
Record staffer, is about to have 
his fourth whodunit published by 
LIppincott. It’s' tabbed “Kiss the 
Killer." He’s also started a series 
of short mysteries in the Philly 
Inquirer Sunday magazine. First 
appeared 1,'ist week. 

George West has been upped 
from sale.s manager to general 
manager of House-Warven, L. A. 


working by fall, with 30 receivers 
spotted in public places. Later, a 
Iw transmitter will be installed, 
part of the cost to be paid from 
the sale of the 5,000 transmitters. 
The Mayor of Bogota is u<fgo- 
tiating fox* a commercial manager 
to travel to the U. S, ^and England 
to contract for films, and pther 
types of programs. 

In Norway, a bill has been intro- 
duced in the Storting (Parliament) 
asking 600,000 crowns to pay, for 
the first year of a two-year experi- 
mental 'TV transmission period. 
Recommendations will be submit- 
ted for regular video service fol- 
lowing conclusion of the trial 
period, A Norwegian firm plans 
to manufacturer 100 TV receivers 
this fall, and use of American films 
for the test broadcasts is under 
consideration. 

Swiss Government has pur- 
chased British made video equip- 
ment and will inaugurate televi- 
rion with a station at Zurich. 
Transmission is expected to begin 
in August, coincidental with the 
Zurich Fair. 

Itidy has one experimental sta- 
tion at Turin, with Rome telecast- 
ing to begin this year. The experi- 
inental station at Milan Will telc^- 
cast program again this year in 
connection with' the Milan Fair. 
By the end of this year or early in 
1953, Milan is expected to go on 
the air with a regular service. 
Plans are also completed for ex- 
perimental stations at Como and 
Alessandria;* they are expected- to 


at best, he said said 'goodbye to all that, and is now freelancing with 
all the recklessness of a king of England forsaking Buckingham Palace 
for Windsor. 

^ In all his years at Paramount, he never had -an Academy Award 
picture, but he never starred in a picture that lost money either. I 
don't know if any other star Can niake .that statement. He has been 
1 panned by the critics and has been shortchanged often in co-stars. 

This' Ladd Fop Hire. 

The Ladd wRo started out at Par as a grip and worked up to $300 a 
week When his pictures were grossing $3,0(^,000, now works for $150,000 
guarantees* against 10% of the world^ gross. That's what he got 
for “The Iron Mistress” at Wam«^. ' On his next one, called “Desert 
Legion,” which starts July 7 at Universal-Intematioiial, he is taking no 
salary but 50% of the profits. That one can bring him a nice piece of 
change for years. - 

When he completes “Desert Legion,”- Ladd is going to England to 
make a picture, and plans to take his whole family. That means his 
wife and their four children. They wiIl:tour Europe looking for places 
where the climate approximates what was once sunny California and 
where they can sop up some culture. For this young man began to 
work as soon as he finished high school, and worked so hard in the next 
20 years that he never had the time to see the melancholy wonders of a 
dying continent. . ^ 

He will learn a lot, for he is a singularly graciotts, soft-spoken and 
attentive fellow.* The world may lock upon him as a glamorous star 
but he has no illusions about what he is. “Just plain lucky” is his 
idea of Alan Ladd. Dotted all over Europe he will find a friendly 
press below hysteria which his fans will release at the sight of this 
slender, blond, tanned athlete, whose two-fisted activities are con* 
fined to the screen, 1 don’t think he's evei* been in a nightclub brawl 
and not much in nightclubs either. 

Only the other day, as further proof to his character, if not his suc- 
cess, I made a date to talk with Ladd. I had rtiet him at a few of the 
nicer social gatherings at the homes of nicer people, but I still wanted 
to see just what made him tick. Before we could set a place to meet, 
he fractured his right hand In the last day's shooting of “The Iron 
Mistress.” 

By the tirne he was well enough to move around, I didn’t feel so hot, 
and he immediately offered to come up to Bedside Manor after luncheon 
for an hour or two. He arrived as much on time as a radio commer- 
cial, with his. bandaged and splinted hand sticking in tlie air. 

Of course it was only a coincidence, but the first big thing that 


happehed^ after Warners signed this hottest property in town was a 


by 1954. Bulk of the Italian equip 
ment is being bought from British 
manufacturers. 

• Director of the Indonesian 
broadcasting service has just com- 
pleted a three-month visit in this 
country, maiply to’ get ideas about 
television for use in that coun- 
try. The initial plan in Indonesia 
is to use video for educational pur- 
poses and to have it connected with 
colleges there. 


U’s Fla. Exchange 


Continued! from pace 5 

followed soon after. 20th-Fox 
moved into Jacksonville last Feb 
ruary and Columbia came in a 


$1,000,000 fire. He's been pretty hot all his Rfe, because he was bom 
in Hot Springs, Ark., and was raised in North Hollywood before that 
metropolis of the San Fernando Valley surrendered to the smog, fog, 
grog and hog-eat-hog that is slowly making it the Pittsburgh of the 
west, He was a good all-round athlete in high school and holds the 
50-yard free-style Interscholastic swimming record. He was also the 
Coast diving champion in 1932 and still looks as if he doesn’t weigh 
an ounce over 150 lbs. 

He graduated from high school when the degression was at its 
worst. He had got a job on a North Hollywood throw-away, dug ditches, 
and got hired as a studio grip. Not until then did he decide to become 
an actor, and he starved and studied for several years. 

Sue Carol, a former star, who was then an actor’s agent, heard him 
on a radio show. He was playing a dual role, a man of 60 and his son. 
She sent for him, liked him from the first moment he entered her 
office, and for the next two years they bucked a mighty strong current, 
with no luck. Then he got the lead in a little thing called “This Gun 
For Hire.” It made Ladd a star overnight. 

One Gun To Riches 

Shortly after the picture was completed, he and Sue Carol were mar- 
ried and she turned his contract O'V'er to another agency, but has never 
ceased to be the girl behind the gun. Everybody thinks of him as a 


few months later. Republic main- 
tains an exchange in Tampa. Fox, . _ „ 

Warners\,and Par maintain full- screen killer, but for the record, he played a killer only once, and that 


fledged shipping, inspection and was in “This Gun. For Hire:” In fact, he doesn-’t even own a gun, and 
bopldhg services in Jacksonville, this monograph must have made it clear by now, doesn’t even shoot 

off his mouth, being hard at it to be the best actor he knows how. 


whilb the other companies employ 
the facilities of Benton Bros., local 
film shippers. 

Florida biz, incidentally, has 
been better than in most states. 
State has also seen a tremendous 
growth in drive-ins, expanding 
from seven in 1946 to 153 in T952.. 
This increase alone was sufficient 
to overload the Atlanta offices and 
cause the filmeries to establish a 
film row in Jacksonville. 


Allied-TOA 


;;;;s Continiied from pace 5 

Allied’s new • president, Wilbur 
Snaper, headquarters in N. Y., and 
has had friendly relations with top 
TOA-ers who reside in the east. 
Previously, the Allied prexies were 
hinterlanders not immediately ac- 
quainted with the N. Y. area and 
its TOA inhabitants. 

TV Angle 
On another count, former Allied 
prez Trueman Rembusch and TOA 
exec committee chairman S. H. Fa- 
bian, who had been strangers pre- 
viously, managed to find consider- 
able area of agreement between the 
two orgs when consideration first 
was being given to exhibitor’s pe 
tition to the Federal Communica 


He answers every bit of fan mail, and pays five secretaries to 
that it all goes out to those who were kind enough to write to him. Qn 
being asked if he were the only grip who made good, he said he won- 
dered about that too, and hadn’t come across any. “Wasn’t Fred Mac- 
Murray a grip?” he asked. Actually, MacMurray was lower than that. 
He was a ►saxophone player. 

Asked If he were happy to be a freelance, he said he was always 
happy with a home base, and feels that the studios treated him very 
well. Though he got $300 a week when his pictures costing around 
$375,000 were grossing millions, he’s still happy to about the same 
degree as when his pictures, now costing $1,300,000, bring him around 
$300,000 a picture. 

“This Gun For Hire" grossed $8^500,000, but he never expects to do 
quite as well as that again, though in this business, as he says ever so 
softly, you never can tell. But whichever way it goes, he’ll go along 
with it, for it is the only business he knows and he never ceases to 
be grateful for how kind it has been to him. Some day the Academy 
will get around to awarding guys like this. _ 


tions Commission for special tele- 
vision channels. 

United Paramount Theatres pres- 
ident Leonard Goldenson’s blasts 
at upped-admission-scale films, and 
other raps at the dlstribs, also have 
served to bring' Allied and TOA 
closer. Goldenson, biggest circuit 
operator in the TOA fold, via his 
complaints, was on the side of Al- 
lied,, which never hesitates to ver- 
bally slap the film companies for 
practices which it believes are un- 
fair. . 

^ Some of the basic big factors be- 
hind the hand-in-handing include 


divorcement and sluggishness at 
the boxoffice. ’ Freed from affiim- 
tions with the major film com* 
panics, the national circuitSv suen 
as UPT, are without restraint m 
taking defiant stands against di^ 
tribs. TOA’s membership includes 
the larger chains, while indie 
exhibs for the most part are on 
the Allied roster: . , ... 

There’s been a realization by i 
two groups — ^large and sniaiJ 
hibs— that they’re being ^n^cfd w 
buck the same tides, and ^ner 
apparently a growing sentiment 
cooperative effort. 









’L. Mayer returned ever 
*■ two-month 

®'?2fi?cer Twcy off oit th«' Queen 

•?!?.s!i“'' ”;”■’ “ ■ 


drew well leat weekend «t^ nearby 
Del Mar Hotel theatre^restaurant 
>Hlla Mae Morae slated for one^' 
iiighter with* Jerry Fielding*$ urch 
i^turda 7 (S) at Mission Beach Ball" 
room. 

Pave McIntyre named radio-TV 
editor of San Pietfo Tribune, suo- 
ceeding Charles Hull, who returned 
to reportorial staff. 


’*fl^.Einc* «how .life piib- 

to JPoris .Sotarday ( 28 ) 


London 


Mempliis 


*Co'medIan 5?®* 

rdwljoy) iu fbr surgery at Eye and 
^ Infirmary ' following a taxi 

*'l!a^ence Welngarten, • Metro 
A^exec produce^ sail^- 
SlArroW (Thurs.) on the maiden 
Se of the United States. 

Morey Goldstein, , vee^e and 
rial sales manager of Mono- 
cram Pictures, confined tq his 
Sme with virus pneumonia. . 

Met Opera c-onducfor Erlfiz 
Keiner. sailing tomorrow (Thurs.) 
to' Europe on the United States. 
Hc’U fill ‘several engagements in 

Paulette Goddard, novelist Erich 
Maria Hemarque and Frieda Hem- 

.. -'^prano, en 

[euw Am- 


pel onetime Metopera soprano, en 
foute to ‘Europe on the Nie 

*^Igor Youskevitch^ istar of Ballet 
Theatre, is flying .to London to- 
morrow (Thurs.) to start work m 
SrSene iSly film, ^‘Invitation 

to the Dance.’* ^ ^ 

Mrs. Mary A. Beery, widow of 
the late Wallace Beery, jfailed Sat- 
urday (28) On the Caronia, With 
daughter, Carol Ann* for a 36-day 
North Cape cruise. ^ 

Louise (Mrs. Martin) Beck to 
penver, to -visit with -playwright 
Mary Chase (“Harvey’O, and 
thence to. Frisco and L. A. on busi- 
ngs and a holiday. 

Harry M. Kalmine, Warner Bros, 
theatre topper, named chairman of 
the homeoffice division of film in- 
dustry's. drive in behalf of the 1952 
Joint Defense Appeal, 

Robert E. Sherwood and Sam 
Spewack appointed chairman and 
vice ' chainnan respectively of the 
newly-formed Theatre Committee 
for Averell Harriman. 

Barry Gray closes- shop at Chand- 
ler's this weekend and is off -radio- 
TV for six weeks on a motoring 
holiday through Spain, - Italy, 
France and Germany. 

William M. .Judd, of the Judson, 
O’Neill ic Judd division of Colum- 
bia Artists Mgt., to the Coast last, 
weekend for two weeks of confabs 
with artists and managers,- 
John (Er Morotcb)' Ferona on 
the maiden voyage of the SS U. S., 
^d Gene (Colony) Uavallero also 
leaving this week but oh -a slow 
Swedish freighter on a holiday. 
Plncus Sober, attorney at Metro's 
homeoffice, will- accompany the 
U. S. Olympic team to Helsinki 
next week. He's president of the 
Amateur Athletic Union of New 
yprk. 

Kurt' Kasznar, Metro .player, 
and Leora Shephard , Dana, legit 
sw, off to Mexico City on a wed- 
j ^ They were married Sun- 

day (29) at Cold Spring Harbor, 
ii. I.- ' 

William Goetz, Universal's pro- 
fluction topper, returns to the 
Coast today (Wed.) after a stop- 
ov« in New York foUmving his 
return from a three-week Euro- 
pean jaunt. 

♦.V Kields and Blossom Seeley 

♦a Coast next Wednesday (9) 
to record a Decca album of tunes 
.Paramount’s ‘.‘Somebody 
Me*' Pi-c follows their 
showbiz careers. 

„ press agents swamped 

newsmen by 33-8 in a baseball (?) 
fiJ?® the Publicists Guild out- 
Kamber’s Wayne 
over the ‘weekend. 
TIrman credited the 
.pitchers (eight of 
a “no-outer." 

®^own Meloney, hus- 
Rose Franken, 
Whose TV “Claudia” series he di- 

davHph?^® near-mugged, in broad 
CRq Vi'^n he came out of the 
SS on 9th Ave. and 

and kicked one in the groin 

away ““““ 

San Diego 

By Donald Freeman _ 

HoWwo^od'rheatre!^ 

at'fef Doll liol^ over 

er ( 28 ) played one-nlght- 
I J at Mission Beach Ballroom. 

motff^t in the Act” extended 

tiaclo^ft,f5^"typo house, the Coro- 
ihe Coronado — across 

l“^y from here. 

c Hutton and Frank Fontaine 


By Matiy Brescia- ‘ 

Jan Garber orch at Claridge Ho- 
tel Magnolia Hoof. - 

- Grill Williams to Hotel Peabody 
Plantation Garden, 

Harold •Krelstein, WMPS prexy, 
to -Washington for TV filing.** 
Ai-ena Theatre moguls, legit pro- 
moters here, open season again this 
fall. ; 

Jim McCarthy, local Warner 
house manager, on vacash ,ih Wis- 
consin. 

Brace Collier, foimer LBS sta- 
tions relations director, now on 
WHHM sales staff. 

Hal Benson, former WMPS staff*^ 
er, to WMPA, .Aberdeen^ Miss., as 
manager, and Charlie Britt, anoth- 
er WMPS staffer, to Fred Zlv. 

Theatre bix here, which ^was 
dealt stiff blow by., recent, city bus 
strike, now on comeback trail de- 
spite' the hear 100-degree heat 
scorching, natives. 

Lind^eir nelson, sportspieler and 
former football director of the ill- 
fated IjBS web, now hack on lotal 
front after a stint as NBC's’ -ad- 
vance director for the U. S. Open 
Golf coverage at Dallas. ' Nelson is 
doing dally ballcaste for WHHM 
here in the interim, . • * 


Piris 

JoHn -Ringling Nbrth due in July 
15 for -Supervision -of Miles' White 
costumes for next year’s circus. • 
Katherine Dunham to^ Copen- 
hagen, Olso and Helsinki for sum 
mer tour before going, to Egypt in 
fall. 

Tennessee Williams settling on 
left-bank for session of. work on 
new play to* be rea'dy for next N.Y. 
season. 

Tito Rossi to accompany annual 
bicycle race across France, Tour 
de France, singing In all important 
towns en route. 

Hilda Simms huddling with 
Anita Loos on possibility of dusting 
off the old Loos legiter, “Mont- 
parnasse,” for possible production 
here. 

Orson Welles, has finally found 
the gal he would like to have play 
“Salome” in a proposed forthcom- 
ing pic. Comely gal is Yannick 
Muller. . 

Femandel starrer “The Little 
World, of Don Camillo” breaking 
records on its initial dates here at 
Colisee, . Gaumont Palace and 
Berlitz. 

Anita Loos, who ' adapted “Gift 
of Adele” In time for late summer 
strawhat tryouts,- off to Italy to do 
another French script, ' ‘Darling, 
Darling,” for J’ohn* C. Wilson. 

French government has .spent 
40,000,000 francs ($70,000) for 
huge revival of “Indes .Galantes,” 
Rameau opera not played since 
1723. Entire* opera company has 
been mohiliied for the spectacular 
production including^ alL opera’s 
ballet companies and designers. . 


Spiegel planed to Home last 
weekend. 

Sally Gray inked for. femme lead 
opposite George Raft in “Traitors' 
Highway.” - • 

Ciss and Ben Henry’s son,. Bill, 
engaged to b* married. He is just 
out of the Army, 

„ Biog of J. Arthur Rank by Algn, 
Wood due for early publication by 
Hodder & Stoughton. '' ■ " . 

The mayor of Nottingham has ■ 
sent/ 30 yards of * embroidered 
Robin Hood lace .to the mayor- of. 
New York; ., 

Archie Robbins, who played ca'br 
aret in the. West End last year, re- 
turns to London for a two-week 
run at the Palladium beginning 
July 21. 

Gene Kelly due hack July.l from 
Paris, where he is holidaying, to 
start his Metro picture, “Invitation 
to the Dance.’-’ Shooting is to roll 
in August after three weel« of re- 
hearsals. 

Jack- Buchanan sailed "on the 
Queen Elizabeth and will do guest 
performances on American TV be- 
fore taking short vacation, On«his 
return he will fill a cabaret date at 
the Cafe de Paris, 

Jack Benny has booked a Brit- 
ish violinist, Teddy Johnson, to 
take the place of Dennis Day when 
he plays Manchester and Glasgow 
after his current Palladium 'stint. 
Day is to vacation in Dublin’ and 
Rome. 

A musical isalute to Britain by 
USAF concert band and symphony 
orch, which was first aired by the 
British Broadcasting ,Corp. last 
month, is to be repeated on four 
successive Mondays beginning 
July 7. 

Hyman Zahl off to Blackpool in 
time for the opening of “Happy 
Landing,” the George and Alfred 
Black, show starring* Ronnie Ron- 
alde, at ‘ the ‘Winter Gardens ' for 
summer season. Zahl then goes to 
the Isle of Man to see his show, 
“The Merry* Go Round,” which 
stars Albert Modley and the Apple- 
tons. It opened the summer run 
June 2ff. . 


uled to appear in -Wales interna- 
tional music contest and to - give 
concerts In Scotland add England, 
Will have to call trip off-'l^aMSe 
it’s $7,000 short of needed • $22,- 
000 finances. Group, which heists 
Chicago Musicland Festival aiid 
Minneapolis Aquatenhial avirards,' 
rejected brewery sponsorship 
which would have provided baL 
ance of money. 


iW 


1 . 


’ ; -The’koyalPmJSicr^^ 

• don in 'first Swiai M Tahhalle 

£!oia ‘oU.t. / *. 

■ Rosario. &■ Antonio made initial 
Swiss bo'W at Corso Theatre to sell- 
out house and rave reviews. 

Kirsten Flagstad inked for one 
concert at Tonhalie with a lieder 
program. She will also appear at 
the Lucerne longhair festival this 
August, ■ • ' 

Swiss' musical comedy, “Little 
Niederdorf Opera,” by Paul Burk- 
hard and Walter Lfesch, is the top 
hit of this year’s legit season at 
Schauspielhaus. 

New Swiss pi'e. “Palace Hotel,”, 
produced by ; Gloriafilm Zurich, 
now in its 6th week at Rex Zurich. 
In its flri^t two weeks, it grossed 
$21,000, an all-time record. ^ 
“Hotel Sahara,” Yvonne de Carlo 
starter, .just finished its 26^week 
run .at Wellenberg Zupich, with 
more than 500 .performances. It 
was the longest run of- any picture 
in this country. 



Atlantic City 


Rome 


By Helen McCJill Tubbs, 

Jean Marais here for film work. 

Signe- Hasso arrived tp make 
some TV shorts* here. 

Edward Small In from N. Y. 
looking over possible picture pro- 
duction here. ' - 

Nat Karson and his Empire Girls 
in from London for date at Casino 
"delle Rose, outdoor nightclub. 

Alida Valli planed out for Madrid 
where she will star in a' film with 
Mexican actor Pedro Armendarlz. 

Audrey Hepburn in for femme 
lead opposite Gregory Peck In 
“Roman Holiday,” to he made here. 

Gene Melford arrived to direct 
some shorts and documentaries for 
co-producers Robert Edwards and 
INCOM. 

The Frank Chapmans (Gladys 
Swarthout) have taken a villa for 
the summer. They are doing a 
series of TV films here. 

Georges LaFaye Compagnie du 
Capricomo marionettes from Paris 
and Dennis Carleton, singer, share 
featured billing at the Cabala Club. 


Miami Beach 


By Lary Solloway 

Univ. of Miami presenting “Both 
Your Houses” at Ring Theatre. 

Vagabonds shuttered their club 
while they play four-day. date at 
GOP convention. 

Miss Raye rehearsing “Annie Get 
Your Gun” company for two-week 
Cameo Playhouse run mid-month. 

Martha Raye, out for five days 
because of illness, back at her 
Five O’clock Club. Comic Jackie 
iCannon in new ^ow. 


By Joe W. Walker 

Mary McCarty into Ritz-Carlton 
grille. 

Kiki Hall into Jockey club for 
season. * 

Chris Powell and Blue Flames 
into Yacht club. 

Patti Page into Steel Pier vaude 
with Johnny Long orch in hall 
room. 

Gene Nelson here Sunday (29) 
as his latest pic started nm at 
Warner’s. 

Joey Adams and Tova RonnI 
played Israeli. Revue at Hotel Tray- 
more Sunday night (29). 

Jack Beck, manager of Globe 
Theatre burlesque, honored follow- 
ing opening with party at Jack 
Carr’s bar. 

Dutch Kitchen, popular down- 
town night spot run by Lew Mathis, 
marked 20th birthday Friday (27) 
with Lee Rogers. featured. 


PhihdelpUa 


By Jerry Gaghaii 
The Russian Inn- and Palumbo’s 
joined the list of cafes shuttering 
for ,;the aummeh (26). 

Herbie Collins hand has returned 
to Wa?wick Room, at Hotel War- 
wick, with Eileen Byrne fea- 
tured vocalist. 

Freddie Baker's qiuartet, lull Out- 
fit at Latin Casino (which shuttered 
June 20) has switched to the '500 
Club, Atlantic City. 

Joe Mass, weekly newspaper 
publisher, has purchased Lou’s 
Moravian (musical bar) from his 
brother-in-law, Bam Lerrier. 

Paul Whiteman and Bose Bamp- 
ton will head the list of guest stars 
at the Republican Unity Dinner 
at Convention Hkll, July 19. 

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel has dis- 
continued the Weekend • dance mu- 
sic for the hot weather, with Lou 
Chaikin’s Concert Trio as replace- 
ment. 

Jack Steck, WFIL-TV program 
director, * to- produce “Night of 
Stars,” Municipal Stadium climax 
to American Legion’s state con- 
vention here, Aug. 8. 


Frank Ta^ljnt divorced. 

Edward Dmyttyk jreturned from 
Israel. 

Andrew Stone to*. Seattle ' 

cation. 

Dick Andersoii to Mexico on va-’ 
cation. 

Lon Chaney to Mexico City for 
TV Work; ■’ . * *'* 

i Bhlrliiy Thonias divorced Waltfer 
‘White Jr. ^ ■ 

steyt:' "Cdcfirarf ‘ laid *uP'“l_ 
pofebtf ■■ ■ ’■ . •>(, 

; : Aghes' Henry . recovering 
rtiiifor' surgery. ‘ 

Spencer Tracy left for a vaca-^ 
tion in Europe. , • , 

Dixie Crosby out of the hospital 
after a checkup. 

Ann Harding recovering from va 
tumor operation. . v * 

Joe Frisco ih town after .16 
months of touring,.- 
, William Edmunds in towh- after 
two years in. N. Y. , 

Dick Haymes opens his next tour 
July 17' in Montreal, . 

Marjorie Main up and arojind 
after '•minor surgery, 

Richard Ney In town after a 
long stay in Europe. 

Marih^ ..Maxwell heading cast 
for the strawhat circuit. : > 
liana Turner, to Reno, to estah* 
lish six weeks’ residence. • 

Samuel . Goldwyn home from a 
two-week Hawaiian vacation, 

Roberta Peters filed suit* to di- 
vorce Robert Merrill in Juares. 

Dennia Morgan in town after 
two’ weeks of fishing in 'Wisconsin. < 
Betty Hutton and Charles O'Carr 
ran spending a month at* Lake- 

Terry Turner in from Y. for 
studio huddles With Perry Llebcr 
at RKO.. ' 

Ollyia De Havllland will file suit 
to divorce Marcus Goodrich, in Los 
Angeles' 

Leo Carrillo .readying a me-* 
morlal dinner in honor bf Sid' 
Grauman. « 

■ Margarita Padilla to' Mexicb City 
for a recording session With her 
sister, Maria, 

Herbert Kline to Mexico City to ' 
prepare a September preem for 
“The Fighter.” 

Walter Pidgeon led a troupe of 
entertainers to Travis Air Base 
and Fort Ord, 


Chicago 

Marlon Brando visiting his folks 
here. 

Melinda Markey did a support- 
ing role to Dorothy Gish at Salt 
Creek last week. 

Gene Raymond and Geraldine 
Brooks at Salt Creek silo, Hins- 
dale, 111., in “Voice of the Turtle.” 

Joanne Dru and John Ireland 
making the summer strawhat stops 
with current stay at Chevy Chase, 
Wheeling, Dl. 

Hiram Sherman, who* .closed’. iu, 
“Moon IS Blue” last Saturdar(26)r.! 
flew to England for the.’/.GlyhC'-:’ 
bourne Music Festival and* planes' 
back. to this country week ratCr fbr 
role in “Wizard of Oz” at-'DAllAs 
State Fair. . • 


Minneapofis 

By Les Rees v 

Sonoma & ponrad* info Rogers 
Tiitery. 

Marigold Ballroom has Whoopee 
John’s band. 

Schiek’s nitery offering capsuled 
“Brigadoon.” 

Les Brown Into Prom Ballroom 
for one-nighter. 

Weela Gallez continuing, at Hotel 
Minnesotan Panther Boom. 

Edyth Bush Little Theatre hold- 
ing over “Two Blind Mice.” 

Local summer “opera in con- 
cert version” season at public park 
opened with “Martha” to be fol- 
lowed by “Faust.” 

Mary Seibel, actress daughter of 
Ev. Seibel, Minnesota • Amus. Co. 
pub-ad head, again playing leads 
with Old Log summer theatre. 

Maureen Cannon, appearing at 
Hotel Radisson Flame Room, 
planed the 2,000 miles to N. Y. 
and hack on the weekend just to 
do the minute Goodyear Sunday 
TV commercial. 

Minneapolis Chdralaires, ace lo- 
cal. 44-piece singing group, sched- 


Lisbon 


By Lewi* Garyo 

“Panic in Streets” (20th) doing 
well at Politeama cinema. 

Two pix how ate in production- 
at Lisboa Filmes studios with sub- 
sidies from the government. 

Company of the Teatro Nacional, 
starring Amelia Rey-Colaco and 
Raul de Carvalho, left for a three- 
month tour of the Azores and 
Madera islands. 

“Le Nid,” by Andre BIrabeau, 
starring Assis Pacheco, Renato 
Paulo, Lucllla Simoes e Maria 
Domingas closed after a month at 
the Avenida Theatre. 

Brazilian - songstress Dalva de 
Oliveira and Argentine comedian 
Tito- Clement left for London to 
appear for British Broadcasting 
Corp. and cabaret dates. 

Tenor Alberto Ribeiro, guitarist 
Mario Ramos and pianist Tavares 
BelO off to Latin America to fill 
contracts in radio,- televisibh and 
niteries • starting from Caracas, 

V'AVijdvl-IA'Ia ' ' 

/‘Je VAinals Trop,” the comedy 
by Je‘Ain Guittori* until recently at 
St, Georges Theatre, Parts, is in its 
fourth week at the Teatro Varie- 
dades here. It stars Vasco Santana 
and Maria Lalande. 


Reno 

By Mark Curtis 

Joe E. tiewis at Cal Neva, Lake . 
Tahoe, 

Chuy Reyes playing at -North 
Shore Club, Lake Tahoe. 

•Bill Clifford’s oreft due back In 
Riverside after the Ted Lewis 
show. 

Mert Wertheimer, owner of Riv- 
erside Casino, in Canada for fish** 
ing trip, t . . * 

2(>th-Fox will start filming “60 
Saddles for Gobi” near Pyramid 
Lake, July 7. 

Bob Howard replaces the A1 Mor- 
gan-Helen O'Connell show at Gold- 
en, today (Wed,). 

Ted Lewis into Riverside for un- 
precedented three weeks. Olsen & 
Johnson next up, July 17. 

Sahatl’s State Line Country 
Club has the Sportsmen and comic 
enny Kent. Lined, up for July 
is Dorothy Dandridge, with 
Henry King’s orch on stand. 


Wnlport, Conn. 

By Humphrey Doulens 

Skitch Henderson and Faye Em- 
erson buying a house in New 
Canaan. 

Oscar Levant soloist Saturday 
(5) in Connecticut “Pops” concerts 
at Fairfield. 

A1 Hirschfield having .first show- 
ing of his theatrical drawings in 
lobby of Country Playhouse. 

Queenie Smith staged the 
dances for this week’s production 
of “Idiot’s Delight” at Country 
Playhouse. 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wilson off 
to London in time to catch Noel 
Coward’s final * performance at 
Cafe de Paris and to see his new 
“Quadrille.” 

Robert Merrill, Tlctot Borge. 
Christie MacDonald, Moe Gale? 
William Gaxton, Victor Gilbert, 
Dorothy Fields, Fannie . Ferher 
Fox, Horace MacMahon, Lucille 
Lortel at “Show Boat” opening (1) 
at Melody Fair, 


Barcelona 


By Jbaquina C. Vld»l-Gomi» 

The vet singer Bella Dorita back 
again at Bagdad Gardens nitery, 
Paulina Singerman, legit actress, 
with the play “Let’s Divorce” at 
the Barcelona. 

Film season for this summer 
appears to be rather drab, and 
reissues of hit pix will bi^.'ujSed by 
many houses. “ ’’’ 

Armando Palado-Valdi^^'' hovel, 
“Sister Saint Sulpice,” to* 'be made 
into a film with Jorge Missal and 
Carmen Sevilla. ‘ ^ 

The Coraedia has the n^w legit 
play by Antonio Bueno Vallejo, “In 
Burning Darkness,” with" Luis 
Prendes in the lead. 

Adrian Izquierdo, manager of 
Antonita Moreno, and former man- 
ager of Conchita Piquer, in town 
to produce show, “The Gold Ring,” 
by Ochalta and Valerio. Antonita ‘ 
Moreno is starred. 


Portland, Ore. 

By Ray Feves 

Walter Hoffman, Paramount 
field man, in town for a few days. 

Arthur Duncan, Madelayn Man- 
ners and Tommy Smith opened at 
Clover Club. 

Ellen Sutton, Burton’s Birds and 
the O’Dells held for a second week 
at Amato’s Supper Club, 

The George Mayer Trio working 
a return 'dAte at Jack Lawler’s 
Tropics before beading for Lake 
Tahoe. 

Ann Blyth heads a caravan of 
eight UI stars comihg to the J. J. 
Parker Broadway Theatre for 
world preem of “The World in His 
-Anns,’^ 


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the nude end then whiriced them 
off to paint them. Some probably 
trekked up to thie Butte to be alone 
and founded the artist eplony. 
Then somebody with btt sense buUt 
a bistro ai^hhd one of the showy 
nudes and the Plgalle'. of today was 
on the wayl' . , , ' ‘ ^ ’ 

This was once the swank rendez-* 
vous section of ■ Paris hut is now 
more the tourist trap giving the 
picture of “Gay Olde /aree. 
Babes, “feelthy" postcards and 
champagne run .riot in the (Quarter, 
Place Pigalle houses the Naturistcs, 
a rather seedy nudist nitery with 
listless girls. It does not offer 
enough to be worth the $1.75 cov- 
er charge and ensuing tab. 

The PigaUa» which is catacorner, 
and? also . on Place pigalle, has a 
more atmospheric feeling of old 
Paris,’ with ah’ offbeat decorated 
room looking like m lush set from 
a Tennessee Williams’ opus. A 
raised glass stage with constantly 
shifting lighting holds a bunch of 
gyrating gals with breasts bared 
and managing to* keep In time on 
their pirouettes. Singers aro fair 
and there are some interesting off- 
beat effects witb.phospherescently 
treated costumes that give eerie 
■ effects with the lights down. They 
shuffle out a ludicrous symbolic 
piece about a man who must 
choose between a roulette wheel 
and the chesty chorines. The gals 
get the nod. This club belongs to 
Nachat Martini, one of the top 
street showman, who remodeled 
this into "a fairly successful nude 
joint. He also has the Sphinx 
across the street, on Rue Pigalle, 
a rather drab place that gives the 
impression that the girls had run 
across the street from Pigalls to 
get into the act. They gyrate with- 
out any terp know-how with some 
singers who are bearly bearable. 
Tariff is 3,500 francs ($10) for 
champagne and starts at 700 ($2) 
for mixed drinks. Martini is the 
man who leased Billy Rose’s Dia- 
mond Horseshoe, N. Y., to trans- 
pose It into the French Casino. 
Martini has taken over a complete 
Gallic crew and intends to feature 
the good old French can-can and 
chantoosies. 

Thrushes at £ve 

Also on Place Pigalle is the Eve, 
which Is a good few notches above 
its neighbors.. House is smartly 
decorated and lit, and the show Is 
well garbed and produced! The 
gals look be1;ter and tastier and 
the singers sound better. Choreog- 
raphy by Joan Davis is good and 

keeps moving on the small floor- 
lighted stage. There is $1.75 cover 
charge and champagne starts at 
8,500 francs ($10). This is worth 
a visit when Pigalle bound. 

The Nouvelle Eve down the 
street at 25 Rue Fontaine, is run 
by Rene Bardy, who also manages 
the Eve. Club is ultra swank and 
decorated with finesse. Costumes 
are lush and gals outstanding. Gen- 
eral terplng and show numbers are 
adequate. Atmosphere is rich and 
cordial with a 1,200 franc ($3.50) 
admission charge before even get- 
ting into the fine fastness, and then 
the tab tablewise is 4,000 francs 
($12). Place has nifty taxi gals. 
Howeve]^/ they are fine looking 
but just ,a gal’s company, includ- 
ing only 'patter and dancing, costs 
4,000 francs. They also drink your 
liquor a dot and are specially, 
chosen. Tliey look like sorority 
girls. Extras such as programs, 
pictures and flowers hawked by 
winsome lasses mount tlie tab 
skyhigh if one is not careful. Sur- 
rounding streets house the various 
Pigalle clip joints which are only 
worth a look-see for the curious 
and should be done when sober. 
A visiting N. Y. producer wandered 
into one of these clippos in a 
slightly ha 2 y state one night and 
soon champagne bottle corks were 
dipping like fireflies. When he 
finally got into focus five cham- 
pagne bottles were lined up on the 
linoleum before him and every 
hanger-on was toasting his health. 
He managed to stop the opening of 
the sixth bottle and staggered out 
minus 25,000 francs ($75) and a 
wiser man. 

The redone Moulin Rouge, on 
Place Blanche, is a bit too chrome- 
plated to jibe with the atmosphere 
of the Gay 90s and the can-can. 
However it 1$ a good place4o dance 
and the can-can chorus is one of 
the best in France. There is a 200 
franc (00c) entrance fee and tabs 


are average, mixed drinks starting 
at 350 francs ($1)4 1 

There are the usual panrfr and 
lesbos joints in the belt, the best 
known beini Mouije# on Rtie ‘Pig- 
aUe, Chw'TotttoiliVdn Rue Pe !War- 
tyri an4"Da Mete A^r, They’re 
worth af curio peek. Tabs are , ayei?- 
age but there, la n fendeocy to 
clip if you don’t watch. Somej 
adroit practices dn clippos is to 
empty part of the champaghe 
while couples are dancing, keep- 
ing glasses constantly filled, and 
gliding in a new one before or- 
dered, depending on tourist toler- 
ance to get away with it. 

The B^l Tabarin is* one of the 
staider w.k, cabarets that main- 
tains a steady b.o. Entrance is 600 
francs ($1.80) and most tourist 
parls-by-night bus trips haye the 
’TatMirin on their agenda. The 
chiimpagne is 3,600 francs ($10) 
and the show is usually interesting. 
Show changes every few years and 
is mostly dependent for appeal on 
the intricate mechanisms and pro- 
duction numbers that surround the 
show. There are large ceiling: lifte 
which descend with bevies of semi- 
dad lovelies in pretentious sym 
bollc pageantry. There is also a 
floor elevator 'for more’ of same. 
There are various good acrobatic 
acts; girls look good and terping 
is fair. 

The pkzlcato circuit of the 
gilded G-^strings is also located in 
this area and is worth a visit for 
the violins and lush atrnosphere. 
These White Russian-run dubs are 
costly, blit clientele Is usually car- 
riage trade. Monseigneurs is on 
Rue . Amsterdam; the Scheherazade 
at 3 .Rue Liege; and another in 
this category but, In a different 
quarter, is the Dlnarzarde at Rue 
De La Tour In the EtoRe district. 
Headlining Is Amru Sani, the In- 
dian songstress with fine chassis 
and delivery who doubles in the 
Chevalier show, "'Plein Feu.” 

Before leaving Pigalle one is 
usually clutched at by the joy gals 
infesting the street. There are also 
the shady characters offering the 
proverbial postcards and forbidden 
scenes. 

Grand Boulevard Spots 

Leaving Pigalle and still going 
south past the Gare St. Lazare 
leads into the Opera belt and the 
Grands Boulevards. There are 
some clubs located along here but 
few worth the trek. The Club De 
L’Opera at 19 Rue Joubert, is a 
pleasantly animated boitte glad- 
handed by trpdper - chantoosey 
Suzy Solldor. One can dine, here 
reasonably or just drink a nitery 
tab. Miss Solidor delivers her 
songs in fine manner, and eye ap 
peal is added by the statuesque 
O’Dett. Coming up the Avenue de 
rOpera, towards Palais Royale, is 
Chez Gilles, which is a cabaret- 
restaurant type nitery. One can 
eat at nine, with the show com- 
prising a series of sketches and 
singers — on the whole h good bal* 
ance. Standouts m^e the fine Gal- 
lic street ballading of Mouloudji, 
comic antics of Gerard Sety, and 
the sketches of Jean-Marc Thi- 
bault. 

Further up the street is the 
Richelieu Comedie-Francaise thea- 
tre and, at 18 Rue Beau jQjCais! is 
La Plaijcher Des Vaches, ^a* St^ 
Germaln-Des-Pres type of cellar 
club which seems to have-.beett 
transplanted .uptown,- Then going 
through the Tuilleries we cross the 
Seine and hit Left Bank territory. 

The most important top atmos- 
phere draw for the tourist gawkers 
Is the St, Germain-Des-Pres exis- 
tentialist district. Located at the 
crossing of Rue ’ de Rennes and 
Boulevard St. Germain its side- 
walk cafes are usually loaded with 
visitors who seem to be waiting for 
something to happen. Actually they 
don’t see much but some strangely 
garbed youngsters, bearded intel- 
lectuals, American' students a 
hangers-on. 

The main literary cafes are the 
Cafe Flore, des Cafe, Deux Magots 
Royal St. Germain-Des-Pres c 
Brasserie Lipp. 

Jean-Paul Sartre used to write 
at the Cafe Flore and here the 
bonanza started. The real exis- 
tentialist sect who followed the 
master’s writings started a center 
here and spent their nights at the 
cellar club called The Tabou. Mag 
articles and the Sartre appeal soon 
made this a tourist mecca. 

Present existentialist set, in 
most cases, do not even know what 
the philosophy means and Sartre 
has publicly disowned them. The 


existentialist Is now a dishevelled 
youngster needing a haircut If a 
boy, and longhaited and bUck- 
garbed if a girl. If neither, they 
are still in good evidence and usu- 
ally gather at La Heine Blanche or 
the Montana Bar. ^ 

Cellar Roltei 

Cellar clubs are the Rose Rouge, 
Fontaine Des ' Quartres Saisons,. 
the VIeux- Colomhier, Club St 
Germain^Des-PreS • ■ and the Arle- 
jquitt. Club Germain-Des-Pres 
on Rue St. Benolt‘>as a smoky at- 
inhsphert’’'wtth drinks starting at 
two bucks and kldk jiving like mad 
with their version of the stateside 
jitterbugging. Appeal is mostly at- 
mosphere and music of Claude 
Bolling and his orchestra. . 

Club Vieux Colombier located 
on Rue 'Vieux Colombifer is an- 
other music appeal spot which fea- 
tures Sidney Bechet on the so- 
prano sax and the best jazz orch 
in France, Claude Lutcr, Place is 
usually packed and empty bottles 
hanging from the ceiling Vibrate 
from .the jive. H your eardrums are 
fragile and you are claustrophobic 
you can skip this one. The Rose 
Rouge is one of the better clubs 
there and features a fine offbeat 
cabaret show that is worth the 
squeezing and sweating that must 
accompany it. Club Is not aircon- 
dltiohed, and usually has a 
squashed crowd 'With a lot of literal 
elbow-rubbing. Drinks start at $2 
and the show at midnight. It 
opens with naive warbling bf Pico- 
lete, a chunky adolescent who is 
a fave here on naivete and fresh- 
ness. This is 'One of the few spote 
she can draw at. Next is the fine 
Yves Jply troupe featuring their 
marionettes and hand magic. Four 
sets of white gloved hands cavort 
on a black background. They dance 
poetically, satirize and fascinate — 
fine offbeat number, - Next is the 
fine Yves Robert group in a clever 
takeoff on various types of films. 
The same plot is shown as it would 
be done by various directors. Re- 
sult is yock-laden show filled With 
belly laughs and good humor. 
Though a facile type of humor It 
is done with taste and comes off. 
Closing the show is Juliette Greco, 
who has become the symbol of St. 
Germafn-Des-Pre$. A country gal 
who made good, her black garbed 
figure in slacks and sweater, pale, 
languid face, long black hair and 
laconic renditions of songs about 
frustrated love and tragedy have 
become a quarter staple. 

The Club Fontaine Des Quatres 
Saisons, at 59 Rue Grenellej is 
similar to the Rose Rouge but with 
a more breathable atmosphere. 
Run -by Jacques and Pierre Pre- 
vert it. gets the more Intellectual 
Left Bank set and gives a good 
cabaret show. Show starts with fine 
mime of the Etienne Decroux 
group. They give interpretive ren- 
ditions of a factory, an evil 
spirit tormenting a man, and a 
mock duel in the woods. Excellent 
sound effects ' compounded of 
scrapings, grunts and guitar pluck- 
ing accomp the numbers. Black 
tights with white borders give an 
interesting plastic affect to well 
coordinated miming. Enid Mosier, 
light-skinned American singer, is 
up next with a good fey type song 
stint. She is laconic and impassive 
as she undulate's her well stacked 
chassis to the underplayed but 
passionate song material. She has 
a pleasing.., voice and it is under 
fini^ control. She pleases the crowd. 
.Nejetwr^ig; ‘ the Grenier-Hussenot 
troupe who give a takeoff on the 
life of / the average mlddleage/i 
coupl'i? . who , are beginning to tire 
of each other.. The Boys of the 
Street give fine renditions of Gal- 
lic street numbers. They are well 
disciplined and get all the color 
and humor out of their material. 
Most of the above clubs have a 
membership fee which is 2,000 
francs ($6) a year. They always try 
to stick newcomers with at least a 
sixmonth card which goes for 1,000 
francs. This adds a cabalistic ap- 
peal, helps the revenue and also 
helps them to control crowds if 
necessary. However the 'Yankee 
dollar is open sesame into any of 
these caves. 

The Lower depths 

Continuing the journey south 
takes one to Montparnasse which 
gave up the ghost to St. Germain- 
Des-Pres some years ago as the 
top curio tourist draw. This section 
still has the young art crowd apd 
the famed literary cafe, The Dome, 
but little in the way of nitery. ap- 
peal. Most of the spots such as 
College Inn, "Venus and Jockey 
Club are akin to the spots in Pig- 
alle. Jimmy’s is a good spot for 
dancing. 

Coming back up Boulevard St. 
Michel takes one to the district of 


the qldeiive.fppU. Streets her# ere 
honeycombed with subterraa^iutt 
depthu and m&uy jiave- beeii tran^-: 
form^ Into cave ojae 

gets atmosphere and old French 
folk and drinking songif There are 
the Caveau De La Rouler the 
Caveau. Des Oubliettes, and the. 
Caveau de La Huchette worth a 
look-see for the carryings-on.' AH 
are located in*the Place St. Michel 
area. On the Hue De La Huchette 
is the El Dia^ebf, ew Arabian eat- 
ery, featuring exotic foods and some 
lithe, Middle Eastern belly dancers. 
The patrons stuff money into the 
belt of the cooch. dancer and are 
rewarded with a tatoo on the back 
of the hand by an undulating belly. 
On the Rue De La Harpe is the 
sepia Rose' Rouge, rhn by ex-dancer 
Feral Benga and featuring a. fine 
North African dance group. 

Recrossing a . bridge and the 
Seine, and going northwest takes 
one to the Champs-Elysces and 
the lusher nitery belt. On the Rue 
Ponthieu is Le Carrolls, run by 
Frede and Annabella, which is a 
fave spot of visiting thesps. Fea- 
tured now -is a sultry Brazilian 
Singer,^, Marga Llergo. .On Rue 
Pierre-tlharon is, Carrete’s, the 
plushery getting the after-theatre 
carriage set. A group of th^ee clubs 
on Rue Arsene Houssaye-ere in- 
time spots and are usually good for 
an after-theatre snort and have off- 
beat- amusing shows. They are 
The Night Club.'v.the Ville D-’Este 
and al^ve all L’ Admiral with a 
zany show good for yocks animated 
by a talented young troupe headed 
by Roger Pierre, Jean Richard and,.| 
Jean-Marc Thibault. Another lush- 
ery is the Drap d’Or. Georges 
Ulmer an ^ngagaing warbler and 
songwriter who does English as 
well as French songs with ‘.verve 
and humor, preceded Edith Piafs 
return here. 

The Lido is still the big cabaret 
draw with its Pierre Louis-Guerin 
& Rene Fraday revue. 

An offbeat atmosphere place is 
Chez Renee Bel, at 19 Rue Dea- 
corabes. Appeal is mostly jsud par- 
ticipation, with the smart clientele 
indulging in such games as the best 
gams, or the loveliest bosoms — and 
all this without getting rowdy or 
tasteless, thanks to Rene Bell. An- 
other offbeater is the Carrousel on 
the Rue Colisee. This is a well de- 
signed, smart nitery featuring a 
female impersonator show. SjEow 
is for the most part individual rou- 
tines by uncanny female Imitators 
who sport lavish costumes. The 
real girls in the show can hardly 
be told from the Ump-wristers. 
Champagne starts at 3,500 francs 
($10) and this spot is well worth 
an evening. j 

U. S. Acts in the Act 

Closing this nitery tour Is a 
peppering of the scattered clubs 
that are run by Americans for 
everybody. Hopping Left Bank 
again there is Chez Inez on Rue 
ChampoUion. Inez, a dusky warbler 
has had this boite for some time 
and now offers fried chicken, 
reasonably priced drinks and a 
pleasant. Informal atmosphere. She 
sings- In a relaxed, ingratiating 
manner for pleasing results. On 
the Rue Abbaye is the little Abbaye 
Club, run by Gordon Heath ana 
Lee Payant. Boys keep their club 
SRO every night and have a fol- 
lowing of French and American 
fans. They sing English, French and 
American folk songs and have an 
impressive repertoire. Mitting Is 
muted, due to the neighbors, to a 
subdued snapping of fingers. Dick 
Edwards has his Ringside Club on 
Rue Therese near the Opera, and 
features the slimmer Peters Sis- 
ters, Edith and Joyce, who vocal 
agreeably. A jump to the Champs- 
Elysees sees the Mars Club at 6 
Rue Robert Estienne, amiably 
gladhanded by Ben Benjamin and 
featuring Bobby Short, recently of 
the Bar of Music in L. A. Short 
has a robust, pleasing personality 
and gives a fine piano accomp to 
his well modulated warbling. He 
projects well - and holds ’ and 
pleases the crowd. The little room 
is well decorated, drinks are rea- 
sonable and hamburgers are good. 

Jean’s Intrigue, on Rue Colisee, 
features American sepia artists 
Quentin Foster, -Lobo-Nocho and 
Aaron Bridgers, Foster and Nocho 
give good accounts of themsleves 
vocally and Bridgers plays an ex- 
cellent piano. At the Calvados on 
Rue Pierre lere is Charlie Beal at 
the piano with a good repertoire 
and delivery and patter. Spivy’s 
East Side Club, on Rue Quentin- 
Bauchart off the Chamos-Elysees, 
is decorated in taste anH style by 
the irrepressible Spivy. It’s a fine 
all night rendezvous spot for late 
stayer-uppers and a haven for the 
other entertainers - who drift in 


Wtdneijay. July 2. 

(heir- Club 


on by word-of-iB6uth.~’with‘"il!j 
»nra a .i«ttowshi7 spi™ 
about tha'beirded lady aJX ' 
the surreaUst and the gal 
didn’t wt out oi b*d but 
»Wful d»y, with bubbling 
<Qod humor and amusing saheW ■ 
ness^'Whlch makaa her a top 
»<>“»llty entertainer.' Drlnfa 
rewnaMe, at « and up, and the 
chile, con <;ame Is good. . 

. Nlterles in Paris offer some. ' 
thing for everybody. IVeU choiet 
they can usually give what Is dS ■ 
sired, >ltV the average tabs star^ 
ing at 3,W francs ($9) and run- 
ning up depending on the localltv 
and tourist vigilance. ^ 



Cotttlttuetf front page 1 

of weli-rlqiowh theatregoing habits 
o^the American public. Basically 
it lies in the fact that teenagers 
and people in their early 20's are 
the filmeries’ most consistent cus- 
tomers,, 

Peak age for film attendance is 
19. It builds up from about 15 
and slants slowly downward after 
19 until approximately 30, when a 
sharper decline sets in. The over- 
30 set has long been known in the 
trade as “the lost audience.” 

The birthrate sank precipitously 
In about 1932, when the depres- 
sipn began making child-bearing a 
luxury many couples couldn't af- 
ford. In 1936, the rate dropped to 
a low of 16.7 births per- thousand 
papulation. - Important rise began 
in 1941, when it went to 18.8. It 
co)ritinued • tc rise through 1943 
(21.5), but then slumped (to 19.5 • 
in ’44) because of the war, until 
1946, when the big upturn really 
came. . The rate bounced to 23.3. 

. All-time record, was hit in 1947 
With a rate of 25.8 births per thou- 
sand population. The figure has • 
hovered‘ within two points of that 
record eveif since. 

Interpretation of the figures Is ’ 
quite obvious; ‘The crop of babies 
born — or, rather, not born-— be- 
tween 1930 and 1940 would be in 
the 12 to 22-year age bracket now. 
That means that the size of the 
group in the peak theatregoing ’ 
years Is below normal — and it is 
being felt at the h.O. 

Baby-Sitter Angle 
Theatres, however, are unfortu- 
nately being hit doubly by the 
birthrate phenomena. The big har- 
vest since ■ 1946 means the exist- 
ence of a vast population of parents 
with children at the age where 
they require baby-sitters. Ma and 
pa have to forego altogether go- 
ing to films or they are at least 
seriously deterred by the added 
expense of a sitter. 

Ease with which kids can be 
tossed in . a car and allowed to 
sleep, w^ilfr their parents watch 
the show, is part of the explana- 
tion, as Wilby pointed out, for cur- 
rent success of the drive-ins. 

Looking ahead, however, this 
new crop of youngsters may mean 
a brighter future for theatremen^ 
if they live that long. The prod- 
uct of 1941 — ^when the birthrate 
upturn set in — ^wUl be 16 in 1957. 
The peak?— if American habits and 
modes of entertainment haven t 
completely changed by ‘ then-— 
should be reached theoretically in 
1966, That's when the record num- 
ber of 1947 babies will be at their 
top filmgoing age. 

Now if someone can figure out 
what theatremen do in the mean- 
time, their problem will be solved. 


Wish Tryout 

Continued from page 2 


nesday night (25) at the Imperial, 
N. Y., was that after the Shuberts 
had spent a claimed $ 150,000 on 
renovations to the house, they ap- 
parently decided to economize on 
the ice bill. Although it was one 
of the hottest nights of the season 
so far, the cooling systeni was 
seemingly turned down and tne 
theatre' became acutely 
fortable, particularly during tne 
second act. ^ . 

Moreover, in contrast to tn 
dressed-up appearance of tn® 
atre lolDby, the sears had tint bee 
reupholstered or repaired. * 

al first-nighters expressed nnno^ 
ance at paying $7.20 each In sit 
forward-slanting seats in nn maa - 
quately-cooled house. In the ca 
of the cooling system, one prnfes 
sional playgoer estimated that t 
saving on the ice bill 
amounted to a maximum nf $ » 
compared to a gross of arou 
$7,000 for that performance. 


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Th- biggest Htw fact oi 105*, pi 

iJjS, is that televialon hi# cnme 
Lf ate. It has every major political 
camp concentrating serioualy an 
o7best to use it not’.pnly .at -the' 
conventions but in toe camj^ign- 
ing fo follow next falL, ^ J. I^n> 
ird Beinsch, specUl TV consultant 
for the Democrats putt It, ^^e w 
ognlze the impact ot televlaiom The: 
basil of all our programnMng will 
be how to make, the best impact oh 
Ihe America A people^*'" • 

At both the Hepuhlican .and Dem- 
ocratic headquarteri here, they 
aren't telling the deUii# hut both 
party organization!, iiialat . they will 
come up with new wrinkle* in 
video programming at Chicigo 
which will be '"turprlae*'' aud 
"novelties.’* >■ 

This year, far more than at *ny 
previous convention, the hma* 
gathered in the convehtidn hall 
mil be playing to, the great outM 
side audiences rather than to the 
delefates, alternates and guests 
within the auditorium. 

To report and record these po- 
litical dramas is requiring "broadcast 
staffs undreamed of, just a few 
yean ago. Final flgure* show 734 
reporters and commentators; 4§7 
technicians, and 681 producer^, ex- 
ecutives and staffers a'ccredlt(^ for 
the Republi<^n national conyehtlmi. 
They represent. 311 different radio 
and TV networks, stations, broad- 
cast service organizations, and for- 
eign broadcasters. 

For the Democratic convention, 
the executive committee of the 
radio-television galleries of con- 
gress has accredited 731 reporter^ 
and commentators, 469 technicians 
and 683 executives, producers and 
other staffers. ^ 

The major networks are doing it 
up brown. NBC has accredited 258 
personnel, exclusive of 26 people 
for NBC newsreel. ABO ha* j»c- 
credited 241. CBS ha* 254 radio 
andwTV people accredited, iffutual 
Broadcasting • received accreditation 
for 138 radio people and DuMont 
TV working closely with IVGN in 
Chicago, has 77 on the accredited 
list. 

There will be radio correspond- 
ents from nearly every state in the 
Union. 

Flock of Marquee Value* • 

Among the big name, radio and 
iV reporters, Commentator* and 
color feature people, who’ll be 
packing Chicago next week wUl he 
Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, Walter 
Winchell^ Drew -PeVrson. Bill 
len^, Kate Smith, Fulton -'Lewis, 
Jr, Mary Margaret McBride, Mar-: 
"" j^Ki'onsky, LoweU Thomas, Bert. 
Andrew^ Gunnar Back, Kenneth 
^^^khage, Morgan Beat- 
Ph. Brooks, Tris Coffin, 
W Danton Wal.- 

Efi’ T 5 ^onsidlne, Walter. Kron- 
Sn!’ ^Imer Davis, Bill 

Edwards, John m- 
Fielding Bl- 
Gr..,a Granik, Ben 

Harkness, Ray 
Howa’ Hillman, Quincey 

MniiA* B^altoohom, Claude 

Hazel Markel Robert 
Montgomery, Edward R. Murrow. 

trep ^ T H®®dy, Martha Roun- 
Gpn;^. Boyen, Eric Severeid, 
Swavfp ^kolsky, John Cameron 

Sp!: G. Swing. A1 

Sfpf • others, 

in and WAFM-TV, 

Sparkman of that 
gks''^ Toliver them exclusive- an- 


big , prpAt • v^il have W come ,ln 
'prestige and public service. They 
vmn’t be' able to make it in dollars. 
Technically, ;no; radio audience* 
'arill be .outside, the Teach of thii 
AM broadcasts, and. 107 oL the 108 
commercial' TV stationi; wlU be 
hooked" in for some dr aU’ of the 
conventloris. ; v' ^ ‘ . 

The tegular telecast^ will run 
nine diours a day» commencing at 
I2:af0* p. ,m. CCDTi» tbe con- 

-.vention sel^lon* open. The ’4ong 
stretebe* wUl provide a real chal- 
la^tfge for the .yifeba* Four year* 
ago .the TV camera* often ipiiay^ 
on empty aeat*> ana, sometimes 
felled ^ to give " a ptbper' senae of 
wbatever drama wai' happening bn- 
ihe>flpbr; Thia time, .the TV ex- 
pei1# >aay they've, k bag of new 
trick*. They promise to make It 
jnletesting' all the ivay. for the 
.audiences. • 

• The jChicigo Amphitheatre, beat- 
ing dniy'velmut 12,000 as agginat 
.over 10,006 in the larger-Chickgo 
stadium, Vai aeleeted fbr the con- 
ventions .because It Waa more fa.- 
vorahiy^iet^p for television cov- 
erage. So TV Will be out to prove 
next week that It was* worth- while; 
The television folks don’t seem, toe 
least hit disturbed. They are sure 
they^ll do It, . . ' * 


BIRTHS I 

Mn > and* Mrs.. Bxul Hero; Van 
Nuys, Cal., June 22. Mother is 
Rathryn Steele, actress; father is 
a composer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Cathey Bui> 
row, Jr., son, Sant# Monica, Cal„ 
June 20. Father is sound effects 
editor, at ,20th-Fox. 

Mr, and Mrs. Robert A. Fuller, 
daughter, June 26, .- Englewoibd,^', 
N. J. Father is publicity chiei fonl 
WCBS-TV, N..Y. 

Mr. aud Mrs, -Drew, Van . Danij 
son. Red Bank,, >!,• J..* June 2^, 
Father is persoiin^ director ‘Sq'r. 
ABC network in N. X . . % : ; 

Mr. and Mrs, .Raul Gordon, 
daughter, Hollywood, June 21rf>i 
Father is a TV producer, 

. Mt. and Mrs, Milton L Kudin, 
soHr .Hollywood, June 26. Father 
is theatrical attorney. 

Mr. and Mr*.' William Hurst, 
daughter, Lk>$ Angeles, June 25. 
Father* is a radiorXV agent, 
i Mr. and MT&. Irv Gltlin, dangho 
ter, K. X, J une 27. Father 1# CBS 
pmacerrwriter. 

Mr. and Mrs/ Don Norton, daugh- 
ter, Chiugo; June 12. Father i* 
WBKB dk^tor. 

Mri and Mrs. Walter MCGraw, 
daughter. New. York, ’ ‘June 29. 
Parenta are partners in McGraw 
AaSbeiates, radio-TV packagers. 



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abol?® $7 

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canS’ naturally have had to 
Volumn°^/ almost equally large 
With ^®6ular business. What I i4«U. iU 
their added expenses, tb^ir report. 


ftr*Mt 

Centiaue# from pa** 4* 

town*. During the immediate imst- 
war era, there was a rash of arena 
construction, many of them' being 
war memorials which were sup- 
posed to be selfdlquidatlng;* The. 
public treasury is oehihd the eight- 
ball on many of these projects. 

Although this downbeat, results 
from general economic conditions 
in the held, much of it is due to 
;he inexperience of municipalities, 
in the arena field. Jobs in these 
struciures became and still are po- 
litical plums. Many who were ap- 
pointed to head the buildings kn^ 
little about booking or operation 
of such a structure. Many were 
unhep . in showbusiness, sports or 
maintenance. Thus operation be- 
came Costly.'^ 

;[ndications..^of the plight- of vari- 
ous buildings' is - seen in the fact 
that -the Sioux City (Iowa) Audi- 
torium has been placed on an inac- 
tive basis for the time being. Spot 
is operated by Siouxland Activities, 
non-profit organization composed 
of local businessmen for the pur- 
pose of promoting theatrical and 
sports shows. Decision to put the 
corporation, on an . inactive basis 
until refinahcinlh;. can be. arranged 
was forced by a ^ disappointing sea- 
soui which resulted in a |35,000 loss 
for the past 11 month*. Manager’* 
cohtract, as well a* contract* he 
signed for the arena were Can- 
celled. Auditorium^ a 5,3w*seateT, 
was built two years ago at a cost of 
13,500,000. 

Many other spot* are in. * »imi- 
lat predicament. Many ,of these 
arenas - are .looking for showmen 
who .can lead .them out of thClr 
present financial plight 
The situation -holds mainly In the 
smaller towns.. The arenas in larger 
cities arc atill considered . profit- 
able. In season, events have, to be 
booked up months in advance. The 
'major arenas in the major .cities 
still pay dividends^ 


2061or. a* Aet? 



from pAfe ; 

be caught between television and 
pietdre commitment*. They point 
to their heavy tax load and try 
to beg out of any personal appear- 
ances. When they do- consent, he 
said, it's because they’re friendly 
With the cafe owner. 

Weinger also pointed out that 
when the top level of names are 
hooked, the resort- speculates 
heavily on the salary being paid. 
Thus, when it’s known that 020,- 
UOO or over is. being .shelled out, 
many potential patron* are afraid 
to come in since they feel that 
the prices that must be charged 
are absolutely prohibitive. < 

For these, reasons, he declared, 
Copa City will have to settle down 
to a 10-week season annually. He 
said the club Is staying closed 
until after Christmas, 

Weinger came up last- Saturday 
(28) following rumor* on Broad- 
way that he had died. He felt he 
had to come up to .disprove the 



OmIom Biiil Sinw* 

* ^ ^ 

CoubevHl from pa** Hi. 

if not, new talent, there’s little in- 
centive for going but to cafes. 

-Same Old Act 

ILod Walter*, Latin Quarter, 
N. y., operator, says, that many 
cafes have been selling the same 
talent with the same acts for many 
years. It’s little wonder that . busi- 
ness ;in many hiteries is falling dff, 
he” observes, "Macy’* couldn't get 
away with , selling the same lium- 
bers season in and out, and: neither 
can night clubs.” 

The' C&M office has been "wo*'k-4 
ing on the theory that band* im(. 
well as the routines of actg should. 
k)e order-built for the room, Catmt/ 
says, that the acoustics of no two 
rooms are alike, 'and thus oi^* 
must be modulated to meet each 
room’s requirements. Office has 
been building bands for the Schine 
chain and doing well. 

Cabot also pointed .out that the 
Versailles,. N. '*Y., In the .^absence 
of. major headliners, produced its 
own unit, .shuttering last week 
(24) after a run of 576, perform- 
ances which started Oct.. 14. Nit-' 
.ery will again use a similarly tailor- 
made unit in the faU. 

Feeling is*that more hiteries will 
have to go in for production ideas 
made to order for their own sit- 
uations. . The Latin . Quarter has 
done well with big shows and for- 
eign talent. The Miaml^Beach edi- 
tion of that spot battled top -do- 
mestic names with a bik production 
show and foreign turns, and did 
better than most clubs at that re- 
sort 

The next few months may, see a 
battle between (a) bankrolls able 
to buy the headliners and (b) Inr 
genuity* Both are potent weapons 
in a joust of this kind. 


ANNK AVRBK 

Anne Grosvenor Ayres, veteran 
author aud theatrical publicist,^ 
died June .26 In AsheidUe, v, ;c, 
MiiMt Ayr«a >vas ,a pioneer Jk s^aw- 
hat. theatre .plToihotton/ and'/was 
'credited iVith thefinitlal success of 
toe Cape' Flayh'ouse, ■pennS*; Mass;,‘ 
dlqd toe.'Cbbntry Piayhousel^ West- 
•pqrt,- Goitn. 

In 1932 she opened her own barn 
theatre, the Croton. River Hay- 
house, Harmon, N. Y. Her last 
Broadway pres* assiknnient was 
for Marc Connelly’s production: of 
"Having Wonderful Time” in 1937. 
In -recent years,- she. had penned 
miMt short stories and rxdlo serials. 
XTiider the • pseudonym of Hollis 
Starnes, ' she wrote a series, ol 
short stories tagged "Kitty KH- 
fekther” for the^PT Y. Daily News. 
She was ' the daughter of the late 
Atherton Ayres, j^ttish theatrical 
.producer. . t 

A dk’dkher survlyesl . . 

CHARLES W, WlNtBK 
; Charie* R^ Wlttjlef,. 76; veteran 
vaude*;performet; who ..was teamM 
with Williani' Green^aldt for more 
than . 50 years, died June 29 in 
Redondo Beach, Fla/ 

Winter and ‘Mreenwaldt, who 
billed themselves ak, Williams 6c 
Charie*. ' w e r e ecCentrlc musical 
clowns. The duo started their act 
in 1894. and continued' together un- 
til last year whep ill headto forced 
their retiremehL The act Was 
origihaUy, known as DeltorelU & 
Glissandos, then Del 6c Gliss and 
later Williams U Charles. . In. re- 
qient years they had appeared on 
radio and Ip films. 

Surviving , are his wife, two 
daughters and five stepdaughters.^ 


in the -east and more 'recently at 
Coast ‘nltevies^ died June ..1^ in 
Holly wo«^. ^Buryliicd by his. wife, 
.the former iPdna epkey^ . 

;i|5Sie^eld FpBijes”* bai^rlnav 

• iDailhertBe 'Steffan,''58,' pe^&pe'f 
•director of. Miami Valley Bfoad- 
'lasting * Cdrp.. '- Which' • dpeitateA 
WHIG and WHIO-TV Dayton, O., 
died June 20 in that -city. Father (.< 
and two brotoer* survivei, 

John C. Stuber, 69, former Tole-> 
‘do musician, died in Sp.rtnifielu» 
O., June -27, He had played, in ’ 
the Zenobia Shrine, band atV the ■ 
Valentine, Keith and Baramopnt. 
Theatres. 


Berle’s Switch 

•J 

Continued from page^ 1 


ELMO LINCOLN 
• Elmo Lincoln, 03, original Tar- 
zan of -silent pix, died of a heart 
attack June 27 at his home in Hol-> 
iy wood. ■ His * real name was -Otto 
Elmo Linkenhelt; He first played 
the jungle hero In 1918 and con- 
tinued until 1923 when he went 
I'into* business in Salt Lake City. 
Lincoln returned to Hollywood 
10 years later and appeared occa- 
sionally in pix. His last job. was 
portraying himself in ‘The Holly- 
wood Story.” In 1949 he appeared, 
in a Tarzan pic but Lex Barker 
^as in the title role. 

Surviving are his mother, a 
daughter and two brothers. 

THOMAS J. O’ROURKE 
Thomas J. O’Rourke, 66, owner- 
manager of the Gaiety, Minto, 
N, B., died Junn 21 in .that dty. 
He had been in theatre opera- 
tion for 45 years. Before taking* 
over at Minto, he was owner-man- 
ager of the Gaiety, Falrvllle,v N. B., 
lessee of the* -Palace, St. John., 
N.' B., and had managed theatres 
in Yarmouth, N. S. 

Surviving' are his. wife, two sons 
and two daughters* „ 

HARRY BL FLAOLElk , 
Hany Harkness Flagler, 81,- fon- 
mcr prez of the , Philharmonic- 
Symphony Society of N, Y:, 'died. 
June 30 in New/Bdrk: He became 
proxy of toe Symphony Society of 
N. Y. iii 1914 abd held the same 
post when it merged with the Phil- 
harmonic in 1928. He resigned in 
1934. s. 

Three daughters survive. 


MorrI* Lewhi, 59, cellist with’ 
the PhUadelphia Orchestra for 241 
years, "’died in West Philadelphia 
June 23. Surviving are his brother 
Leon, also a cellist, and two sisters. 


Laurie Mellla,. 80, w.k. for his 
cat roles in British pahtomlme, 
died in Brbeton, England; Jube 16. 
He. was also known on the stage, as 
Kyoto,^ 


Herbert Jfaeffner, Viennese con- 
ductor, died of a heart attack June 
28 in Salzburg, Austria, while lead'* 
ing a concert sponsored by the in- 
ternational Society for New Music. 

- — --- — s 

Mr*. Ruth Leytem 56, former 
music arranger for legit produc-* 
tlons and one of fhe first theatre-< 
party booking agents, died June 
28 in New York, 


Harold C. Wunseh, 52, news edi- 
tor of the Kallet* Theatres’ Station 
WKAL, Rome, N. X, died June 7 
in that city. Wife and daughter 
survive, 


Mra Adelaide W. Ullricb, former 
actress Who played leading roles In 
stock companies, died June 27 in 
Philadelphia. 


Mother, ...82, of Irene Stegman. 
(Mrs. Leonard Howard), former 
musicomedy actresa; died in St. 
Louis June 8/ 


George B. Considtne, 41, Veteran 
Sports reporter and brother of col- 
umnist Bob Considlne, died In 
Washington June 29. 


Eddie Arden, 44, • s^tage and 
screen actor, died of a heart at- 
tack June 23 in Hollywood.’ 


Svdttd Cade, 75, Danish legit and 
film director, died June 25 in 
Aarhus, Denmark. He Worked in 
Hollywood from 1922 until 1929. 


Berle and the Morris office oii' one’ 
side and Kirk on the other; m re- 1 
gard to guest talent. It’s 'been' 
charged that the ad agency fn^- 
quently cancelled acts at the last 
minute and thus left holes in the 
production that had to be plugged 
virtually at curtain time* 

Switchover to a format which 
will make writing one, of the most 
important elements, will preclude 
the necessity of having as many 
outside acts, but it was felt that 
show designers would, feel lots 
safer if they had a list of eligible 
turns that could be booked with no 
fear. of a final turndown. 

It’s anticipated that most of the 
writers that, have been working 
with Berle will be let out. The 
present scripters have been doub- 
ling at being performers. However, 
it was a known fact that Berhs. did 
most of the scripting and had the 
typewriting squad whip it into 
shape. Any sketch that the writers 
turned in would undergo whole- 
sale revisiorts by Berle, At the same 
time, Berle did most of the produc- 
tion and direction by himself. 

One of the aims in the cmxent 
change will be to delegate fln^al 
I>owcrs to . others. Thlk • step will 
leave Berle in the clear to con- 
1 ccntrate'on performing. 


ETHEL TILLBON CHART) 

. Mrs, Eth'el Tiltson.Hart, 75, light 
Opera lyric soprano, died . June 25 
'jh .San. Francised. She performed 
from' 1900 uhtil 1912 when she Was 
Se'verly burned in a backstage fire 
In -Syracuse, N; Y., where she was 
appearing in "Show Girl.” ' 

She was the wife of the late mu- 
sic conductor, Charles Hart. 

CHARLES DEARDOURF 
Charles Deardourf, 74, retired 
Metro exploit'eer, died June 24 in 
Cleveland. 

He had worked out of the film 
company’s Cleveland office for 
some 30 years before retiring two 
years ago. 


Gene Howe, 56, editor of the 
Amarillo (Tex.) Globe arid. News, 
ended his own life with a b.ullet, 
June 24 , in Amarillo, K^e was 
chairman of the board of the 
Globe-News Publishing Co., which 
operates KYFO, Lubbock, and 
KGNCi; Amarillo. 'Wife and 
daughter survive. 

Albert E. (Abe) Andrewii(> 69, who 
formerly conducte.d an outdoor 
sport* , radio show oyer WOWO_ 
Fort Wayne, lud., who for 15 years 
write a sports column lot the Fort 
Wayne Journal-Gazette, died June 
24 in that city. Wife, tWo sons and 
two daughters survive. 


Hal Marston Sqnlre, 60, master 
electrician for Stage presentations 


MARRIACp • 

Elizabeth Lee Leighton to Mi- 
chael Kapp, New Rochellef. N. X; 
June ' 15. Groom is son of Dave 
Kapp, RCA Victor pop artists and 
repertoire chief. 

, '‘Mrs/ Anthony J.-Canney^ to Vin- 
^nt R. McFaul, Buffalo, June 28. 
Groom is general manager of 
Loew's Buffalo theatres. 

Jacqueline Bundt to.Lt Randall 
O'Dea, Jr., Indlanajpolls, June 25, 
Bride played Ado Annie In njK 
tlohal company of "Oklahoma” last 
season.^ 

Barbara Janet Burris to William 
Herman, Scarsdale, N. Y., Jun'e 29. 
Bride is a radlo-TV actress;, groom 
is In NBC makeup departnotent. 

Regina Bahlmari to Blip MtilU- 
kin, Baltimore, June 29,">l ^oom 
is currently on Broadway i-hr.r’New 
Faces.” ' ^ 

Belle Pasternack to Herb^^l^an, 
Carson City, Nev,, June She’s 
film studio secretary; he’s. * 
radio-TV actor, 

Jean Parker to Robert Lowery, 
secret marriage, Miami, May 29, 
1951, just announced. Both are 
film players. 

Lee Hogan to Dr. Alonzo Cass, 
Los Angeles, June 27. Bride is an 
announcer at KNBH there. 

Ginny Simms to Boh Calhoun, 
Las * Vegas, June 27. She’s a 
singer. 

Lucille Moriarty, to Richard A. 
Klunk, Columbus,^ June 28. Bride 
is former assistant promotion di- 
-rector for'WBNS there. > 

Eileen Ragovin to Norbert Beck- 
er, Chicago, June 25, GrooxA is 
Warner Theatre manager there. 

Bever^ Wills to Lee Bamber, 
Carson (Jlty,* Nev.,. June 22. Bride 
is an actress, daughter of Joan 
Davis. " 

NelUe Morris to Ramsay Wil- 
liams, June 27, New York. Bride 
is in media deepartment of Young 
6c Rubicam ad agency; groom is 
TV actor. • 

Celeste Wingate Maypole to Jack 
Mcaklh, Hollywood, June 23. He s 
an orch leader. 







i 


^iMbUstied WHfcly IN Wpd 4etli N*1ir tork N, N. Y., by Variety/ Ino, Aanuia mibacrlptioA, klO. Slttiil* «6|>l*a. 15 t;ent$. 

,4^tcred m nacoud cUm ruattar December 31*; 1905*^ ft the 'PotA Office at Kaw ^Vorlc^ N. Y» under the act of Marc^ 3* 1879. 
' " r , ' <;pfV!ili^HT/ lf51* lY VAmtTY, INC. ALL RlttMTl |lH*KI|.yiD 


tot.. 187 /N». 


"Jvif ' • 


W 1952 


PRICE 26 CENtS; 



iT^liome* and publicitv-seekers^ 
vdlunteer large gifts, that they 
hiye ho Intention of ^ ever making 
ere causing networks and stars to. 
reappraise the 'economics of' the 
roirathOn cliarity Video ..shows 
which have heportie popular In the 
past couple- of i^ears.- . Throwing the 
spotlight oh thi telethon* at the 
moment is the disclosure that of 
the over-r-$l»002,000 ipledged on 
the Bob Hope-OBing Crosby /. oVerv 
nlghter recently, ohiy^ aboht; 30% . 
Will he collected. 

"With ;«taggerihg production,, 
telephone, . time- and : taimnt '^OOsts,; 
it's possible that ' CostS'vOf ;piutf;^: 
oh the shows- may be higher’ thah’ 
the sum collected. ’ Cost:^ ’are In- 
creased by the fact that the chari- 
ties themselves must spend edh- 
siderable money in following up 
pledges in attempts at making col- 
lections. 

•'According to Asa Bushnell, of 
the U. S. Olympic Committee, the 
Hope-Crosby telethon will -bring in 
only $300,000— and Hope ahd 
Crosby, can get that .amount any- 
time by playing .a couple audi- 
toriums without the bother to other- 
stars who are cahv.assed to appear 
and the great Expense of network 
facilities. The Damon/ Runyon 
Memorial Fund, for which Milton' 
(Continued bn page 49) 


ktantlTes’or'No’Yote 
()ii Public Questions With 
Latest Pay-as-You-See 

New facet* hasi been added.. -to 
Telemeter, pay-as-you-see TV sys- 
which Paramount holds a 
50% interest. It’s a polling, device 
by which tM iSubscribers will- be 
«ble ^ to register an ; instant **yes’\ 
or no” vote to any • proposition 
put before them Via. television. 

Carl Leserman, "who with David- 
Uoew IS .Par’s partner in Telemeter, 
wsclosed on his ‘ arrival : in ' New 
ork from the Coast this week, that 
com, receptacles now. being manu-. 

kistallafion ‘ on sub-’ 
would haye the 
buttons. He* said the 
Pmilng device was suggested by a 
enpneer and could be added 
•Fau^^ little extra cost that it was 

?(ir, worthwhile as a public 
service gesture. 

there’s a special 
IL will normally 
weeks to get all the 

answers In on any poll. The “yes" 

X, IS punched in the tape 

shft! in the coin box what 

em'n subscriber is buying. The 

■ will be col- 

a’ 11 are collected, so 

Ifitr ™Pli^S can be had day follow- 
tfw. ^nd there would be a 
Week^^^^^® available at end of a 

New York for 
ot pi.® Balboum', v.p, 

be a A other matters. He’ll 

®ast about a week' or 10 days. 


Wiiichdr«i . 

Gtue]^ XM^eriiie Mebbe 

, Cruen Watcjhi has bought Walter 
h^^inchell for a twp-way spread on 
ABC radio and tele networks, with 
Lambert Pharmacal (Listerine) in- 
terested in picking up the tab for 
the alternate wce)?s in both mei^ia., 
The time slots have no,t definite- 
ly beejtt ; decided . u^n, since tbjr 
deal* hasn’t .jelled; all aroi^ipd, . 


HCMiaEZFJiniBL'ilIISiG 






WtlFbe i^iit^d in - a simtilcast, aj 
though some other arrangements 
inay be made. 

Agency on Listerine is Lambert 
& Peasley, while McCann-Erickson 
handles Gruen. 


By GEORGE ijgOSEN 


/ ■ Chicago, July 8, 

. The GOP convention wasn’t 
day old before the T'V' networks 
were certain of one thing— that, 
far from making money nr break- 
iiig even on their sponsorship coni- 
m^ments, the final balance sheets. 
wqUld. show a loss -that, in the.ag- 
gregate, may total in excess bfi 
^,000,000. . ■ ' , 
\^"Jusl*how s'everjC the rap will be 
:'in d^'nge '''huej»}iU.ri^ypn-. ,th't^^ , 
^ ^ Gph'Me^chil 

n|iu(..,;.fhli.''v'.week*'' .utiid'' during. ^ 

' which in 



Washington, July 8. 

Federal Communications Com- 
mission package hearings on the 
Paramount anti-trust case were' 
called off suddenly today (Tues.), 
with indications that the FCC may 
drop the entire proceedings and 
grant the American Breadcasting 
Co.-United Paramount Theatres 
merger. 

It was learned that the FCC 
general counsel Benedict Cottone 
conferred with parties to hearings 
, and ‘ suggested that Paramount, 
ABC and UPT petition the FCC to 
drop the anti-trust issue and re- 
move the case from examiner Leo 
Resnick. FCC was reportedly im- 
pressed * with • the fact that some- 
thing drastic would have .to be 
done immediately to -rescue the 
ABC network fVom its present fi- 
nancial straits. 

Earliest that the Commission 
can act on the petition is next 
Wednesday (16), when it holds its 
regular weekly m.i^eting. It would 
then take probably until Aug. 6 to 
review the proposed findings. FCC 
could then approve the merger at 
that time by a simple notice and 
issue its decision at a later date. 
This procedure would give ABC 
the chance it has asked for to have 
the merger approved In time for 
it to set Its fall programming 
plans. 

CBS also took part In the peti- 
tion, since approval of the merger 
would automatically give that, web 
an okay on its projected buy of 
WBKB, Chicago, now owned by 
UPT. Theatre chain would be 
forced to divest itself of the outlet 
under the FCC’s no-more-’ h ^m-five 
(Continued on page 16) 


pocket time*lihd-talent' rebate*' to 
clients. 

Within' three hours after the com 
vention opened Monday ii), l^BC 
prexy Joseph H. McConnell was 
doing a scratch pad-and-pencil rou- 
tine when ithe network took its 
first unexpected pre-emption , rap 
to the tune of $58,h00-— the pro- 
tracted opening day hassle over 
temporary seating of disputed dele- 
gates knocking - such lucrative 
items as the Kate Smith summer 
show and the Colgate-sponsored 
“Big Payoff” off the NBC-TV 
channels. 

One major CBS exec ventured 
the belief that, when the final 
score Is tallied, the $2,500,000 that 
Westinghouse is plunking down 
for its two-convention radio-TY 
(Continued on page 36) 


Demands Legion 
‘Put Up or Shut 
Up’ on Red Claims 

Hollywood, July 8. 

Presaging possible legal action 
against the American Legion, Se- 
lena Royle sent an “-open letter” to 
the Legion yesterday (Tues.) vir- 
tually demanding that the vets 
group “put up or shut up” on 
its listings of filmites charged 
with possible disloyal activities. Let- 
ter appeared as an advertisement 
in Daily Variety and offered 
the Legion an opportunity to “af- 
firm or deny” responsibility for 
rumors which might be responsi- 
ble for keeping her from working 
in pix. 

“It has been reported that the 
(Continued on page 16) 


Ripens With Age 

Paris, July 8. 

Milton Berle, interviewed 
here last week, was asked to 
comment on having Bishop 
Fulton J. ’Sheen as his Tues- 
day night competition. 

•Cracked Berle: “We’re both 
using old material.” 


RCA Letter Mislaid 

SdCapCets Cantor 

/Hollywood, July 8. 
Not knowing that R(jA’s Manie 
Sacks would be .briOg.tng. out with 
him to Hollywood a contract 
for the blopic score'^. Eddie Cantor 
-signed with 'Capitol -Records’ vee- 
ipee ahd recording chief, Alan Liv- 
ingston. The Wiarner Bros, screen 
blbg on ’.‘The. Ed^ie Cantor Story” 
■ivjill be . VaxeA „b!if jQap, lii Holly- 
wood; despite Gahtor-aT' recent disk-' 
ign associations wltb -RC^^ Victor 
and his curreht NBC- 

for another yeafi 
A mislaid letter from RCA in 
New York caused Cantor tp be- 
come Impatient and sign with Cap, 
especially in ligiil of some unusual 
intra**trade concessions on Record- 
ing orchestral fees and the like. 

Chi ‘Goon Squads’ 


To Get on Camera 


Chicago, 'July 8. 

Despite .weeks of advance prepa- 
ration, the radlo-TV netwo’rks cov- 
ering the Republican convention 
here have discovered one important 
angle was overlooked. That’s some 
means of protecting newsmen con- 
ducting corridor interviews, partic- 
ularly those televised “q. & a.” ses- 
sions, from being bounced around 
by the “goon squads” obviously or- 
ganized to “invade’^ the telecasts. 

As the delegate dogfight between 
the Taft and Eisenhower forces hit 
the “no holds barred” stage, the 
partisans of both camps put the 
physical squeeze on the TV com- 
mentators by a series of planned 
“invasions” of the various off-the- 
cuff shows picked up by the cam-* 
eras strategically located in the 
halls of the Conrad Hilton Hotel, 
convention beadquaifers. 

During several web pickups the 
(Continued on page 6) 

Kaye’s Frisco 2-Weeker; 

N. Y. Palace May Follow 

Hollywood, July 8. 

A deal was ’closed today (Tues.) 
by the William Morris Agertcy that 
will bring- Danny Kaye to the Cur- 
ran, San Francisco, in his own 
variety revue opening Sept. 7 for 
20 performances in 15 days* Frisco 
Light Opera Assn, sponsors, 

■ While terms are not yef set, it’s 
understood Kaye will bo guaran- 
teed $28,000 against 70% of the 
gross, or option of playing at 
straight 75-25 split. ■ ^ 

Kaye's Curran date may be fol- 
lowed by four weeks at the New 
York Palace. 


With all signs pointing 'td tbie 
1952-53 season being the besi' ^jt^ 
mercially in television hlstbry; tbp 
execs of both CBS-TV ahd N»G-TV* 
are asklhg, “What's all thlS^ about a 
‘soft’ market for TV -Sponsors?’* 
To date, witti;/:mpre than two 
months of selling still to go before 
the season officially, starts in Sep- 
tembeic; - NBC is dusting -off its 
nighttime SRO sign,a.nd CB3 isn’t 
far behind. And' ^Ith .several top 
bankroUers known - to ) 5 e shopping 
for programs apd nbtlvorh time, it 
looks as though ABC anti DuMpnt 
will also capi.l;a.li3e ;Oh the market’s 
bullishness, 

NBC, enjoying ope of its biggest 
single wick's sales eiforts last 
'week, Closed the lists Oh its Satur- 
day night • “All Stab Revue” and 
•“Show bf Shows” and .also inked 
Anheuser-Busch fOr a, quarter-hour , 
show once weekly. As result, the 
web, in its Class A evening time, 
still has' available only the Wednes- 
day evening 8 to 9 hour,- And hopes ’ 
to have a bankroller inked by next 
week for the Worthington (Tony) 
Miner show to go in there; alter- 
nate Week availabilities . On “One 
Man’s Family” and the new weekly ' 
half-hour “Kukla, Fran, 4c Ollie,” 
and a quarter-hour segment in the 
7:15 to 7;30 p.m. strip. 

CBS is not far behind on the 
sponsorship score. That web, after 
inking several new bankrollers dur- 
(Continued on page 49) 

GOPoIiticos Are 'Slim 


Pickin's’ ior Niteries, 

Fix, Hotels, Legit in Chi 

Chicago, July. 8. 

Delegates to the Republican con- 
vention .are evidently awaiting 
the return of prosperity — ^that is, 
the Republican kind. ThC politicos 
aren’t ' spending their money for 
any entertainment. , Instead, they 
seem to be looking to the various 
candidates for cuffb drinks, food 
and acts. 

So far, the Taft forces made the 
only big splash, spending a report- 
ed $15,000 for three days of Sam- 
my Kaye and four days of the 
Vagabonds. Eisenhower backers 
used Lou Breese’s ^nd at a Black- 
stone Theatre reception Sunday 
(6). Hotel managers are getting a 
financial headache from the free 
^bars scattet^d around the various 
'headquarters’ ante-rooms. 

The noise and commotion in the 
hotels caused one worried man- - 
ager to remark, “The veteran 
groups In ' convention are bad 
enough, hut tame by comparison to 
these pseudo-playboy politicians.” 
While hotels take unusual precau- 
tions durihg conventions, this one 
calls for delicacy of handling due 
to the national interest — and pub- 
licity* 

With the exception of the Con- 
rad Hilton, which is the hub of the 
politicos, hotel supper rooms re- 
ported no increase over the week- 
( Continued on page 6) 






SftfMaiEiiAWY 


WeiiMtiuy, Jnly 9, 1952 



Total of 84 important film the-+' 

otm- Sherwood, Kazan Ready ^ 

000, will be made available to KlirOI>6ail ClfCttS PiC 

king-size corporations, Government K ,.■* 11 . 

agencies or other interests who Robert E, Sherwood, is due- in 
can adapt the facilities of the New York ^rom London If. 
houses, all of which are equipped when he will confer with Elia 
with large-screen television, for Kazan on a film project the pair 
their purposes. The TV installa- are readying for 20th.-Fox pro- 
tions make for the key factor. duction. Sherwood i* currently 
United Paramount Theatres, via working on 'the screenplay; which 
an elaborate brochure sent to ad Kazan will direct, 
agencies, business units and edu- known as “Man on a 

Tight Hope, » is . story about . 

dramatic visualization, the inti- European traveling circus. There s 
macy of a personal meisage, in- a possibility it may bje filmed on 
eluding two-way conversations, and Continent. K^zan returned to 
the selectivity of a mailing list, currently 

OTT Ss tSXX" wfth TV commuting betwoou New York and 
could be used for sales meetings, his Newtown, Conn., summer home, 
product showings, stockholders Venture with Sherwood will be 
meetings, group training, national of many projects he is 

conventions, etc. presently lining up. following the 

Circuit execs stated that since film stint, he will begin work on 
the theatres are of various sizes directorial chores for Tennessee 
and locations, the cost of jrenting Williams' new legiter. After the 
any number of them could not be Broadway- job, he expects to be- 
iramediately determined. But in gin work on another fiM. 
general, it’s said, expense per unit 
would be low enough to fit the 
budget of any potential user. 

UPT itself has 14 theatres with 
TV equipment, each seating 
around 3,000. Chain is not acting 
as agent for • the remaining 70 
spots, but believes these could be 
lined up to provide a nationwide 

network for the customer. series of studies of 

The idea the principal media of mass corn- 

time that such a number of big ^ ^ -M-otioric 

film houses would be put to use munication, United Nations Edu- 

for any program other than enter- cational. Scientific and Cultural 

tainment. Organization (UNESCO) has just 

published a TOO-page, worldwide 

analysis of news •films. Titled 

“Newsreels Across the World, “ 

TITANIf Fll M tome was written by Swiss film 
zuino 1 11 Anil/ ntiu BaechUn and Mau- 

rice' Muller-Strauss, writer- and 







4 4 4 M M» «i fi 


By Frank Scully 




JACK SHAINDLIN 

Musical Pireetpr of 
Louis do Roohement’n 

*'W«lk Ea*t on Boacon” 


Film as News Vehkle 
Explored by UNESCO 
In New World Analysis 

Paris, July 1. 


WEBB TO STAR IN 


Hollywood, July 8. 

nr JbJbigVX 

Clifton Webb gwas set by 20th' fii^i historian. English adaptation 
Fox to star as an American million- is by James Beveridge, European 
Hire in “Nearer My God to Thee,” reP of Canada’s National Film 

story of the Titanic sinking. Title ®oar . 

r Ir ,1 i 1 , ... X., r^«c In exploring the film as a ve- 

is tied to tlie by^n sung by p - news, book states that the 

sengers as the ship sank, world’s 100,000 theatres have a 

Charles Brackett is producing, weekly attendance of 216,000,000, 
with a Sept. 15 start slated. Wal- most patrons see newsreels 

ter Relsch, who just returned from regularly. Situation stems direct - 1 w ,*it l n • 
a 10-day N.Y. research trip, is jy from the pioneering of the V amIt 

Gaumont in | Jflllll" 1 dllll UCI ICO 

France, Oskar Messter in Ger- 
v« w» « XA1 * 9 many, Thomas A, Edison and later 

flayes-nealy rleasing the Biograph and Vltagraph com 

j ® panics in the U. S. 


Hollywood 

By a fortuitous concatenation of events, as Prof. Charles Austin 
Beard used to say when explaining politieal ropery on the interna- 
tional level, the macemen who compose YAWRiiXY^Si copy desk take a 
vacation just when, exceptionally good pictures come into release As 
these muggs think I am entitled to an ' opinion about as much as a 
cold statue of Stonewall Jackson, it is my good fortune that they are 
en vacance at the mo; Otherwise I would not.liave. the chance to tell 
my devoted public that if they want laughs while Tweedledum and 
Tweedledee battle in Chicago for the fattest swindle sheet in the 
world today, don’t walk, run to the nearest uncobwebbed Bijou 
playing “Sally and $aint Anne,” as dreamed up; by Jim O’Hanlon 
for Univcrsalvintemational. , 

In Us rougheut way, it’s more fun than “Going My Way” and “You 
Can’t Take It With You,” and before any deputy /axeman on the copy 
desk can blue-pencil such an opinion, they might as well know that 
I have already got a temporary injunction returnable in 10 days ' 
against my celling of opinions from live to nothing a year. 

The hoke in “Saint” was mixed by a master bartender. I could 
almost see him toying with the idea of adding the pupils of one of 
the olive-eyed’ damsels to a drink and calling the whole. thing a new. 
Martini, and then throwing the whole thing away -because the picture 
was in black and white. So he turned to merging magic- with the art 
of boxing and, produced as 'hilarious a double knockout as the screen 
has seen since. Chariot fought his way up from the ftoep: 40 years ago 
in what 1 guess will remain the all-time classic of comedy fights. 

Strange- Bedfellows On All Eloori 
This O’Hanlon, aided toward the end by one Herb Meadow, must 
have defied a front-office edict, for he mixed politics and religion 
and played, them’ both for unbarbed, relaxing laughs. The politics 
happen to be on the aldermanic level,, which is about as low as you 
can get, but anybody, who thinks there ..is essentially any difference, 
between what goes on in a ward and what goes on in Washington 
must be a life-member in the Dopey Voters League, and would find 
no solace in my ribald company. (I just got elected chairman of the 
^ r..-. Hollywood contingent to the County Central by a sweeping plurality’ 
The generally good- weather pre- 9023 votes, and thus could view all the political finegaling in 
vailing over the long July 4 week- ««sany” with the amused detachment which goes so well with victors.) 
end helped resort-' operators re- The picture was produced by Leonard Goldstein and directed by 

COUP to some extent, the losses Hudy Mate. I don’t know Goldstein but I knew Mate as a cameraman 

in France. I believe Harry Lachman brought him over to Fox from 
during the long string ot rainy certainly has proved in this pic that alien com is no source 

weekends. In the Catskill borscht melancholy to his direction. He has carried a gay touch all the - 
belt, hotelmen hit a temporary way. He moved a large cast (and even the house where they all lived) 
ttipee of nrosneritv. Thfe large 'along at a pleasant pace all the way. 

did fnrnawav busings and T^e picture stars Annie Blyth and Eddie Gwenn. but the story’s 
spots did turnaway bus s ^ t^e thing. In general, I’m allergic to programmers . which in our 

the smaller hotels had comfortable set we call “Begorrah. Fix.” But I found Gwenn’s brogue, 

houses. Complaints were at. a ^ygn with a pipe in his mouth, easier to understand than Barry 
minimum, buslnesswise, through- Fitzgerald’s, possibly because Gwenn, though London-bora, got his 
nitt thp area accent by a sort of osmosis from the late G. Bamum Shaw, who 

our me a . once told a theatre manager who suggested that perhaps Gwenn could 

Hbwever, the f feel th^ replaced in a Shevian play, “No Gwenn, no play.” 

the season’s total will be below Talk English 

that .l^st year, Shaw having learned English, likq all Irishmen, as a -foreign lan- 

Weekend biz of prior ^ guage, talked it beautifully, with jupt enough* brogue to soften the 

JnArffiv edges of the more buttural Saxon phrases of the mongrel 

conations generMly are not con- of mankind. 

ducive to capacity ope ^5 foj. Blyth acting the part of an Irish colleen who believes 

The operators say this lethargic saints can still work the more prosaic miracles, that is no acting 



V Seen Diving 


situation prevails during every early scenes of the picture where she plays an 11- 


presidentlal election year. 


Reds Use Sons’ In 


year old schoolgirl, she’s the best kid since Laurette Taylor first 
played “Peg O’ My Heart.” She hasn’t played such a part since she 
was 11 years old. 'That was in a legit of “The Watch on the Rhine.’’ 

Miss Blyth comes- through beautifully. Thouh in her 20s she is 
really a seasoned trouper and shows it against such a veteran as 
Gwenn, who celebrated his 60th year as an actor during the shooting 
of “Sally and Saint Anne.” 

Incidentally, one of the nicest touches in the picture gets lost in 
the- laughs. She offers to pray for the intentions of a delicatessen 
enterpreneur, obviously a Jew, and he raises the question as to how 
much good appealing to Saint Anne can 'do for the likes of him. 
It produces a prolonged bellylaugh, so long in fact that most people 


^ w I n 11 1 * panics in inc u, o. 

At London railadmm Palance of the publication dis- 

- , T V o cusses the world newsreel industry 

London, July a. presentation and content of 

Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy, newsreels. It also contains a 
who opened at the Palladium here wealth of tables and graphs as 
yesterday (Mon,), earned pleasing well as studies of news films in 
reception, but the act needs re- France, Uruguay, Egypt, India and 
routining before duo can make the the U. S. Production and distribu- 
sock impact their talents deserve, tion are dissected 'especially with 
Man-and-wife team scored with a ^ view to companies, economic 
wide range of material and charm- structure, filmmaking methods, 
ing qualities. Show sagged midway censorship and rental systems. 

Touching on the growing com- 
to keep the laughter rolling. petition o£ television, book points 

Roily Rolls hit the jackpot with out that of all types of film, news- 
si new set of comedy pianistics, reels are most threatened by TV’s 
Rest of the show includes Brit- progress. Seriousness with which 
Ish comic Jimmy Wheeler; Ganjou the new medium is regarded is 

Bros, ie Juanita, adagio; Tommy seen by the reels’ refusal to co- 

Cooper, comedy magico; Hassan operate with the BBC’s Television 

Ben All Troupe, tumblers; Eliza- News shortly after the war. BBC 

beth & Collins, wire walkers, and retaliated by forming its own 
the Rosinas, aerialists. newsreel unit. 


Vienna, July 1. 

Arthur Miller s play, All My hear the little girl’s explanation that Saint Anne was the 

Sons,” has been adopted by local mother of the Blessed Virgin, a Jewess. In fact. Saint Anne, a mother 

Soviet Information Center for live under the old law was the first saint under the new, a fact that Miss 

production in its permanent seribs Rly^-h knew both as Miss Blyth and as .Sally O’Moyne, the character 

r.* ««+t portrays inr “Sally and Saint Anne.” • 

of anti-American stage prodim- laughter steps on the point and just about obliterates 

tions. It will be presented to cuffo it. Certain areas of Christianity are completely ignorant of lovely 
audiences at the Center’s excel- touches like this. Chesterton once said that it was silly to say Chris- 
lently-equipped theatre, in a trans- tianity had failed, because the simple fact was it had never been 
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U, S. to his native Vienna after the 
war. 

Probability is that the “Death of 
a Salesman” author or his agents 
were not even consulted by the 
Reds here. It’s been their habit 
to simply grab U. S, plays which 
suit their line and put them on in 
Info Center or Commie-operated 
Scala Theatre without permission 
and without paying royalties. Plays 
by Clifford Odets, the Kanins, 
Howard Fast and Sidney Kingsley 
have been thus adapted, some- 
times with rewriting to turn them 
into sharply anti-Capitalist and 
anti-U. S. documents. 

“Born Yesterday” for Instance 
was converted from a comedy into 
a deadpan piece in which the gal 
was merely a downtrodden daugh- 
ter of the people whose eyes were 
opened by a Communist writer as 
to how she was being exploited by 
the capitalist junk dealer and his 
Ilk. Other standard numbers on 
the Soviet repertoire are the Rus- 
sian-written “Meeting on the Elbe” 
and “The Russian Question” which 
picture Americans in the blackest 
possible terms. 

Commie press, announcing the 
“All My Sons” preem, said it was 
for his authorship of this play that 
Miller was “persecuted by the 
notorious anti-American Activities 
Committee.” 


May Theatre Admission 
Taxes Off; Cabarets Up 

■Washington, July 8. 
Theatre admission taxes col- 
lected during May totaled $25,- 
221,000, a substantial decline from 
the same month last year, when 
collections were $28,686,000, ac- 
cording to monthly report of the 
Bureau of Internal Revenue; Taxes 
on roof gardens and cabarets 
totaled $3,821,000, a slight gain 
over a year ago. 

Reflecting reduced demand for 
TV sets, receipts from manufac- 
turers’ excise taxes on radios, 
phonographs, etc., totaled $10,704,- 
000, a drop of $6,622,000 from 
May of 1951. 


6 MO. L. A. 1ST RUNS UP 

Los Angeles, July 8, 
Boxoffice receipts for the first 
half of 1952 in Los Angeles first- 
run film houses were 1.5% ahead 
of coiTcspondlng period last year, 
although grosses for the second 
I quarter were 5.6% behind the sec- 
ond quarter In, 1951. 

Six-month total for the de luxe 
theatres this year amounted to 
$4,314,500, compared with $4,250,- 
000 in 1951. Coin collected during 
the second quarter of 1952 amount- 
ed to, $1,097,500. Last year It was 
$ 2 , 011 , 100 . 


FIREMEN TO RESCUE 
FOR BEllNEn BLOWOUT 

Fayetteville, N. Y., July 8. 

^ Local firemen not only got in- 
to the act, but they saved it at . 
last Thursday night’s (3) perform*, 
ance of “I Found April,” starring 
Constance Bennett, at the Famous 
Artists Country Playhouse here. 
The volunteer smoke-eaters came 
through with emergency lights 
and enable*d the performance to 
go on after an electrical storm 
knocked out the regular house 
lighting. 

When the storm blacked out the 
theatre, resident manager George 
Englund called the local fire com- 
pany, which sponsors the Play- 
house. Within a few minutes the 
volunteer firemen arrived and 
strung fire floodlights* along the 
balcony rail, using power from the 
fire engine generator. The show 
started a half-hour late and, alte 
about 40 minutes* performance, tn 
regular lights were restored an 
the show continued according 
specification. 

Miss Bennett made a thank-you 
speech at the final curtain. ^ 
were no demands for refunm 




'jpicrrwH 



Imerlcan film e<»np»nle| mn+ 
.tha^«cn 425,000,000 and $26,- 1 

& in remitUc« trprt 3rit- 

Sh?'Tls year— the largest o£ any 
Smonth period since 1M7. Yank 
MCM tte viewing with trepidation, 
wever negotiations for the new 
Su S. agreement that wlU he- 
effective Oct 1, They fear 
£ S not be able to get an 
Soal amount of coin, out, although 
it has become vital to faeplng ttelr 
overill operations in the Wack. 

Remittances from BritaiH. for the 
year ending Septa 30 probably will 
be considerably larger than the 
total net profit from worldwide op- 
erations of the 10 top companies 
for the 12-month period. British 
remittances will account for about 
20% of the approximately $1:^5, 
000,000 expected from the entire 
foreign market. , 

American companies will be for- 
tunate in that they will have no 
blocked balances in England as of 
3ept. 30. As a matter of fact, a 
number of companies will be over- 
drawn. This favorable situation 
for the American distrlbs has a 
number of causes. 

First is that the British b.o. has 
held up well and Holljjjwood has re- 
tained its knowhow in making pix 
that are popular in England and 
are able to get a goodly chunk of 
theatre income. As a result, there 
Will be a total of between $40,000,- 
000 and $42,000,000 earned for 
lheir‘“New York account” by the 
majors. 

Secondly, Yank firms have gone 
to considerable trouble to fulfill 
(Continued on page 18) 

McCarthy AimsBill 
At ‘Red-TainC Pix 

Washington, July 8. 

A bill prohibiting exhibition in 
educational institutions or use by 
Government agencies of motion 
pictures based on scripts written 
by persons, with Communist or 
Communist-front connections was 
introduced In closing sessions of 
Congress by Sen. Joseph McCar- 
thy (R.-Wis.) and referred to the 
Senate Commerce Committee. Sen. 
William Benton (D.-Conn.) prompt- 
ly labelled the measure ” a very 
dangerous proposal.” 

Sen. McCarthy told the Senate 
he had his staff pick names of 
script writers who prepared films 
listed in a catalogue entitled **edu- 
cational film guide.” His staff, 
McCarthy said, found *‘a fantastic 
picture. We submitted 17 names of 
individuals who prepared scripts 
for educational films used in the 
Indoctrination of American chil- 
drw, and of the 17 names sub- 
mitted to the House Committee on 
Un--American Activities. We find 
that eight have very extensive rec- 
ords of Communist-front activi- 
ties.” 

A report from House committee 
^ case, as inserted in 

(Continued on page 6) 

Pacific Drive-In Chain 
Installs Bank Night 

Installation of Bank Night in 17 
oners of the Pacific Drive-In cir- 
uit iij this area aims another blow 
theatres. Although 
chain is launching the 
at the height of the 
season; it has its eye on 
tiiA youths, with the hope that 
receive such at- 
that patrons will risk 
Coin ^ ''^eether for a chance to win 

thp .^tght has been active in 
for cA Pedro Drive-In 

Intf ^osults there cue- 

stunt +1 °Pe^^tiQn of the giveaway 

circuit. Each 
Bant ^500 to get the 

rolling, adding 
nor Th ®\^iweek there is no win- 

house wiU 

individual and not pooled. 


H'wood Paycbecks Up 

Hollywood, July 8. 

Eilm Industry paychecks rose 
again in May, hitting an average 
of $112.61, compared to $110.40 
for April, and $103.72 for May, 
1951. 

California Labor Statistics Bul- 
letin reported workers averaged 
41.4 hours at $2.72 per hour, as 
against $2.71 for 40,8 hours in 
April* 

hdustry Poised 



Two-pronged Attack fo strike 
down the censorship of films in 
Ohio will be made as part of the 
industry's effort 'to eliminate the 
scissors wielders throughout the 
U. S. Supplementing the Motion 
Picture . Assn, of America’s an- 
nounced intention of testing the 
right of Ohio censors to approve 
newsreels pj^ior to their showing 
will be a case involving the feature 
pic, “Native Son.” Ephraim Lon- 
don, attorney who successfully 
argued “The Miracle” case before 
the XT. S. Supreme Court, has been 
retained by Classic Pictures, dis- 
tributors of “Native Son,” to seek 
an overruling of the order banning 
its exhibition in Ohio. 

Under Ohio law, any person dis- 
satisfied with an order of the Dept, 
of Education, the state's censoi'shlp 
body, can appeal directly to the 
Ohio Supreme Court, the highest 
tribunal. Consequently, London 
will submit briefs to the court in 
about two weeks. He has learned 
that the court’s docket is clear and 
.expects to argue the case in Sep- 
tember. It is anticipated that Lon- 
(Cpntinued on page 18) 

Metro R^rted Buying 
'Kate' for lOOG Plus %; 
Jack Cummings' Produces 

Metro is close to inking a deal 
for the film rights to “Hiss M6, 
Kate,” the musical which ran 1,077 
performances on Broadway and is 
now touring the U. S. - Purchase 
price reportedly will be $100,000 
plus a percentage of the picture’s 
profits. 

Of the coin, 60%^.will go to au- 
thors Bella 5 ind Samuel Spewack 
along with composer Cole Porter, 
Remaining 40% will be split be- 
tween Lemuel Ayers and Saint 
Subber, the show’s producers, and 
their backers. 

Projected film version will be 
produced for Metro by Jack Cum- 
mings. Additional songs will be 
written by Porter, who cleffed the 
music for the original which open- 
ed in December, ‘1948, with Alfred 
Drake, Patricia Morison and Lisa 
Kirk in top roles. 

A big hit abroad, “Kate” has 
just paid another $12,000 melon to 
its investors. Latest divvy brings 
the backers' return to $1,050,000 
on an investment of $180,000. 


By HERB GOLBEN 
Revolutionary p e r i q d through 
which the picture induatrjr is now 
racing has made the crystal ball 
a rudimentary appurtenance on 
any executive's desk. Gazing into 
this haiidy Instrument, It's easy to 
see considerable of the future in 
sharp focus and another hefty por- 
tion in at least vague outline. 

On one point the crystal is quite 
clear. That is, as someone put it, 
“the picture business is not re- 
signing from the world”— there 
will always be one. It may be on 
a somewhat different level, but 
there, will be Hollywood to con- 
tinue to, make pictures and thea* 
tres to play them. ' ‘ ■ 

That’s not Pollyanna-ism, but 
hardheaded fact. Somewhere 
around 45,000,000 people a week 
are buying tickets to theatres in 
the United States, That’s down 
from the perhaps 65,000,000 during 
the peak years (those 90,000,000 
figures were never more than a 
pressagent’s dream), but any re- 
tail industry that sells 45,000,000 
of its product for cash every week 
at an average of about 46c each, 
still has pretty impo:^tant cookies. 
Ask any businessman. 

The crystal ball makes - pretty 
clear, too, what the reduction in- 
film patronage since the war calls 
for. That’s simply — although it’s 
hardly simple — a re-gearing of pro- 
(Continued on page 16) 

Scribes Protest MPIC 
Loyalty Board; Wedge 
, For Pressure Groups 

Hollywood, July 8. 

Protests against the Motion Pic 
ture Industry Council’s proposed 
loyalty board were made at a meet- 
ing of the Screen Writers Guild by 
Mary McCall, prexy, and Dudley 
Nichols. These were in response 
to an appeal by Ronald Reagan, 
head of the Screen Actors GuilS 
and one of the sponsors of the 
MPIC plan. 

Reagan explained that the plan 
is the only one presented thus far, 
and that MPIC is ready to accept 
a better one if it can be found. 
There was no vote on the subject, 
(Continued on page 13) 


Perlberg Joins Seaton 
To Prep ‘Boy’ in France 

William Perlberg, Paramount 
producer, and Arthur Jacobson, 
his assistant, arrived in Gotham 
from the Coast yesterday (Tues.) 
to join director George Seaton, 
who hopped into New York a 
couple of days earlier. 

Perlberg and Seaton sail for 
France Friday (11) on .the Liberte 
to start work on their next, “Little 
Boy Lost,” Bing Crosby starrer* 
which will be shot partly in that 
country. Jacobson goes to Paris 
via plane. 


'Wind' Makes It 

“Gone With the Wind,” which 
has played and re-:played in all ma- 
jor countries except one since it 
was lensed by David O, Selznlck in 
1939, is finally set to complete its 
blanketing of the world. 

Metro will distribute the epic in 
Japan for the first time, beginning 
with Tokyo openings in Septem- 
ber,' Titles will be used and a 
three-month promotional campaign 
is now underway. 


Yanks May Toss 
1st Team Into 
Paris-n.S. Talks 


With negotiations at a stalemate 
and the French taking an adamant 
stand, Yank distrlbs may be forced 
to throw their* first team into 
Paris talks on a new Franco- U. S. 
film pact. There’s possibility that 
Eric Johnston, John G. McCarthy 
and James A. Mulvey may head 
for France next week to pick up 
the negotiations at point at which 
they hit a dead-end a week ago, 

Yanks grabbed something of a 
tactical advantage at the finale of 
the two weeks of hpddles by walk- 
ing out on the French, when the 
latter insisted on being what the 
Americans felt was overly-tough. 
French were taken by surprise by 
the move. 

Paris negotiators’ proposal that 
the present ceiling of 121 Ameri- 
can Imports yearly be cut to 90 
.was at the nub of. the breakdown 
in huddles. French indicated they 
might be willing to come up from 
that low number — which some- 
what stunned the U. S. team — 
but at cost of a limitation on re- 
mittances' of earnings. 

Actually, the French phrased it 
the other way. They hinted they’d 
be liberal on the matter of re- 
mittances (which could total $4,'- 
500,000 to $5,000,000 a year) if 
(Continued on page 13) 


Crossing up the trade’s pessim- 
ists who had anticipated disastrou* 
influences on the boxbffice, radio*^ 
TV coverage of the Republican na- 
tional' convention appears to b* 
having little effect. In some spots, 
as a matter of fact, theatre busi- 
ness has. shown some improvement 
this week and in other areas tber* 
has been no effect at all, . 

United Paramount Theatres, op- 
erating over 650 houses, regis- 
tered a 6% attendance Increase on 
Monday (7) over the corresponding 
Monday of last year. Incom* 
around the RKO chain was* steady 
for the most part and in some 
situations in New York, Brooklyn, 
New Orleans and San Francisco an 
Improvement was noted. The War- 
ner circuit's revenue for Monday 
compared favorably with last 
week’s take. 

Robert Weltman, UPT v,p„ has 
it figured that presidential con- 
claves actually stimulate the .b.o, 
“People want to escape the grind 
realities of politics and in so^ doing 
they attend, theatres,” he observed, 
UP.T attendance figures come in 
daily from a list of key houses in 
a number of cities 'from coast to 
coast. In large measure they re- 

(Continued on page 13) 


National Boxoffice Survey 

July 4 Up* Biz; ‘Robin’ No. 1, ‘Scaramouche’ 2d, 
‘Nellie’ 3d, ‘College’ 4th, ‘Cla»h’ 5th 

The long July 4 weekend is giv- 
ing most key cities covered by 
Variety a real hypo this session 
although some localities were hurt, 
starting Monday (7), by the Re- 
publican national convention and 
interest in it via TV and radio. A 
few keys had the benefit of a break 
in the extended heat waves. 

“Robin Hood” (RKO-Disney), 
which hinted unusual promise last 
stanza, soared to the first spot na- 
tionally. The adventure pic, made 
in England, ranged from fine to 
terrific in more than seven key 
cities covered by Variety. The 
ability of the film to hold so strong 
in its second N.Y. week tipped the 
type of draw because many 
straight-films were faring badly 

“Scaramouche” (M-G), champ 
last week, is a strong second cur- 
rently. Third place goes to “'Wait 
'Til Sun Shines, Nellie” (20th), 
playing in some 10 keys. “Work- 
ing Her Way Through College” 

(WB) came up smartly the first 
week out and is hitting fburth 
spot. 

“Clash By Night” (RKO), near 
the top for several, weeks, is wind- 
ing up fifth while “Pat and Mike” 

(M-G), second a week ago, will be 
sixth. .“Winning Team”^ (WB), a bit 
laggard previously, is showing 
more stamina this round and will 
take seventh money. 

“Has Anybody Seen My GaV’ 

(U), just starting this session, is 
showing enough to, capture eighth 



With Han on Pix 

New policy under consideration 
for the Roxy, New York first-run 
now severed from 20th-Fox under 
the divorcement decree, will have 
the house In virtually direct com- 
petition with Radio City Music 
Hall for top product from all 
principal film companies. Roxy in 
the past has been an outlet for 
20th’s pix almost exclusively. 

Tipoff on the booking pattern 
for the future is that the Roxy 
appears angling for films which 
normally figure to play the Hall. 
Overtures already have been made 
(Continued on page 16) 


position. “Lydia Bailey” (20th) 
and “Lovely To Look At” (M-(^) 
round out the Big 10 list in that 
order. “Skirts Ahoy” (M-G) and 
“California Conquest” (Col) are 
the runner-up pix in that sequence. 

Possibly the most promising new- 
comer, aside from several landing 
in the Big 10 ratings this week, is 
“World in His Arms” (U), which 
was launched pre-release in some 
50 northwest cities. It is rated 
nifty in San Francisco, is tall in 
Portland and great in Seattle. 
“Diplomatic Courier” (20th), also 
new, shapes good in Cleveland. 
'‘Washington Story” (M-G) looms 
sluggish in Cleveland, dull in N.Y. 
but still okay in second Washing- 
ton, D.C., week. “Francis Goes To 
West Point” (U), rated fancy in 
K.C., is neat in Indianap.olis and 
smash in Omaha. 

“Red Mountain” (Par) looks fine 
in Montreal and okay in Omaha. 
“Ivory Hunter” (U), big in Cleve- 
land, is okay in Seattle. “Half- 
Breed” (RKO) is rated good in 
Cincy and tall in N.Y. 

“Where’s Charley?” (WB) shapes 
socko in second session at N.Y. 
Music Hall. “Outcast of Islands” 
(UA),^still big in N.Y., is fair in 
Toronto. 

“Wild Heart” (RKO), good in 
Boston, looms fair in Providence. 
“Red Ball Express” (U) shapes 
fast in Philly and Denver. “Crip- 
ple Creek” (Col) is good in Boston. 

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WitH recent modification of .ihe- 
National Production Authority’s 
Iban on color tele, Paramount is 
pushing ahead with plans for its 
Laurence Chromatic ’Tube. An- 
nouncement is expected shortly of 
several projects now being worked 
out in much secrecy. ' 

One of the plans is believed to 
be large-scale demonstrations of 
the tube. .More importantly^ how- 
ever, is the possibility that Par may 
begin manufacture of the device 
for home viewers. It is claimed 
that tube will work with black-and- 
white as well as color, so TV set 
owners who want to be insured 
against ‘the future — -when tinted 
telecasts are resumed — can ' do so 
by purchasing Chromatic receivers 
kt very little more than ordinary 
b-Jkw sets. 

Dr. Ernest O. Laurence, who 
Invented the tube, arrived in New 
York over the weekend for confabs 
with Paul Raibourn^ v.p. of Para- 
mount. Laurence and three other 
scientists own a 50% interest in 
the gadget. They headquarter in 
Chromatic’s lab in Oakland, Cal. 

NPA, in lifting the home color 
ban, laid down as a condition to 
manufacturers of sets regulations 
which other rainbowed TV outfits 
have admitted they can’t meet. Par 
feels it can. Laurence’s trip east 
for laying out of plans is the result. 
' NPA regulations provide that 
production of tint equipment not 
divert . defense manpower, that it 
not delay production of electronic 
products for the military, that 
Government contracts not, be re- 
fused because of color TV produc- 
tion and that no additional allot- 
• ments of controlled materials will 
be required. 

Chromatic tube is also applicable 
to large-screen theatre tele and 
Par’s announcement may also in- 
clude plans for production along 
that line. 


Lem Nixes Release Oi 
Films to Tele; Sees Less 
Coin Than From Reissue 

London, July 1. 

His films will not be released to 
television in the foreseeable future, 
Sol Lesser declared here this week. 
Indie producer said he felt that the 
potential revenue from video was 
comparatively insignificant, com- 
pai;ed with the normal reissue 
market. 

Speaking of changes in Holly- 
wood in an interview here, he 
opined that mass production of pix 
is ending. Apart from a handful 
of the majors, production — and in 
turn exhibition — will follow a more 
selective pattern. Lesser said. His 
idea Is that pix have been exhaust- 
ing their commercial potential far 
too quickly, through playoff not 
being channelled through proper 
houses and over a long enough 
period of time. 

In support of his contention. 
Lesser cited two outstanding post- 
w a r British productions, “Red 
Shoes” and “Hamlet,” both of 
which had been major dollar 
earners for the British motion 
picture industry. They had done 
well, but in his opinion could have 
done far better If 'their earning 
power had been spread over a 
period of years instead of jiist 12 
OP 18 months. 

Lesser and Hollywood attorney 
Mendel B. Silberberg, who has 
been accompanying him on a tour 
of Europe the past six weeks, are 
due Ih New York July 23. They 
are leaving from France on the 
Liberte.* 

Lesser will be. In New York just 
a few days before taking off for the 
Coast. 

Einfeld Huddling In 

Munich on 20th Pix 

Charles Einfeld, 20th-Fox ad-pub 
V.p., is in Munich for huddles with 
20th sales reps in Germany and 
exhibs on the company’s forthcom- 
ing releases.’ He’s giving special 
attention to the German preem of 
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Dar- 
jryl F. Zanuck production, which 
will open simultaneously in a num- 
ber of key cities around the world 
in November. 

Einfeld winds up his Munich con- 
fabs today (Wed.). Next hop on his 
four will be to Switzerland. 


Complete SAG Suport 

On Movietime USA Tours 

HoUywoo.d, July 8. 

Fledge of complete support for 
COMBO’S 1952 Movietime USA 
tours was yoted unanimously by 
directors of the Screen Actors 
Guild. 

Committee named to plan par- 
ticipation in the tours consists of 
Ronald Reagan, Walter PIggeon, 
Richard Carlson; George Murphy 
and Kenneth Thomson. 

Natl Uieatres 
Seek Telemeter 



Hollywood, Jqly 8. 

Deal is in the making with 
Charles Skouraf, National Thea- 
tres prexy, by which NX would 
become franchise-holder for Tele- 
meter in one of the circuit’s Cali- 
fornia towns. The subscription TV 
devices would be put in there for 
experimentation as a followup to 
Telemeter’s trial run in Palm 
Springs next February. 

Skouras has evinced _a large in- 
terest in the pay-as-you-see gadget, 
which is half-owned by Paramount, 
as he has in Eidophor, theatre tele 
system to which 20th-Fox has U. S. 
rights. He’s first in line to re- 
ceive the Eidophor machines when 
they’re ready. 

NT would get a 50-year fran- 
chise on Telemeter, and would pre- 
sumably branch out and buy the 
rights for additional towns if the 
initial trial proved successful. 
Telemeter’s plan is to offer exhibs 
throughout the country first crack 
at buying the franchises, since ifA 
figured '(1) that as showmen they’d 
be logical operators of the devices, 
and (2) they’ll require another biz 
to compensate for the dent Tele^ 
meter could put in their theatre 
grosses. 

A franchise-holder would be re- 
sponsible first for selling TV set 
owners ‘ on installation of the 
gadget for accepting coins, which 
would unscramble Telemeter shows 
coming over the air. Charge per 
installation is now being figured 
at $7. Franchise-holder would 
llkewdse have the responsibility of 
making the collections from coin- 
boxes in homes. 

There’s a probability that he’d 
also do the programming — ^that is, 
select pix to be transmitted on the 
(Continued on page 13) 


UPT EXECS HUDDLE ON 
NEW PRODUCT IN DEI 

Detroit, July 8. 

United Paramount Theatre ex- 
ecs met In Detroit for two days 
last week to discuss new produc-* 
tions for the summer and fall sea- 
son, and methods of presentation 
which will be accorded them. 

Reception of the big screen tele 
presentation of the Robinson- 
Maxim fight, which filled United 
Detroit Theatre’s Michigan and 
Palms to capacity, was a bright 
conversation piece, too. 

Some discussion was on whether 
or not the theatres should furnish 
tele sets for lobbies during the po- 
litical conventions. No agreement 
was reached, with most waiting to 
see how much interest would be 
engendered by the political shows. 

Host to the gi-oup was Earl J. 
Hudson, president of United De- 
troit Theatres. Attending were 
Edward L. Hyman, veepee of 
United Paramount, of New York; 
Simon Siegel, comptroller of the 
national corporation, also of New 
York; . Eugene Street, general 
manager of Paramount Theatres, 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; Ira Epstein, 
general manager, Monroe Amuse- 
ment Co., Rochester, N. Y.; Arthur 
Krolick, general manager, Para- 
mount Theatres, Buffalo; Ben Ro- 
senberg, general manager, Penn- 
Paramount Corp., Wilkes Barre, 
and Selig Sellgman, Northip The- 
atres, Cincinnati, 


I PasotlStaHs 'GaiAi* 

Hollywood, July 
Sl)lft^n fiabriel Piutcal'x produc* 
tion program set “The Story of 
Gahdhl”^ back until * next year,, 
with George Bernard. Shaw’s “The 
Devir? Disciple” slated as his next 
venture. 

Gandlii picture was postponed 
because of .the amount of prepara- 
tion required. Pascal recently pxlt 
the finishing touches on “Androclcs 
and the Lion.” * 


N.Y. Bijou, Aslor 



Unusual New York dual booking 
has been lined up by Warner Bros, 
for “Our Lady of Fatima,” religloso 
pic which the company is hailing 
as another “Song of Bernadette.” 
Film, in Warner Color, is set to 
preem in August day-and-date at 
the Bijou and Astor, both City In- 
vesting Co., houses. Former, a 
legit house converted to films, 
operate on a two-a-day policy, while 
the Astor will follow a grind rou- 
tine. 

Booking is similar to that ar- 
ranged by Metro for “Quo Vadis” 
last November, when the pic ran 
simultaneously at the Astor and 
Capitol, with the former on a road- 
show policy. While AiStor and Capi- 
tol are six blocks apart, the Bijou, 
on West 45th St., Is around the coi^ 
ner from the Astor. Consequent- 
lyi New York’s film row will be 
observing with considerable inter- 
est the Warner experiment. Bijou, 
incidentally, has been shuttered for 
several months. Last pic to play 
the house was **Cry, the Beloved 
Country." 

Exact opening day of “Fatima” 
depends on the ruh of WB’s “The 
Story of Will Rogers,” which pre- 
cedes “Fatima” at the Astor. Since 
closing down of the Warner Thea- 
tre, WB’s N. Y. flagship, the com- 
pany has been- extremely active in 
placing product in other Broadway 
theatres. While the Warner Thea- 
tre operated, WB rarely placed its 
films in another house. Recently, 
however, it had five pix on Broad- 
way simultaneously. 

Warners apparently is not going 
steady with any of the Broadway 
showcases, booking its film all over. 
It has had deals with the Music I 
Hall, Mayfair, Astor, Globe, Par- 
amount and Palace. Its closest tie 
so far has been with the Astor, 
with three pictures in a row set 
for that house. “3 For Bedroom 
C,” the Gloria Swanson starrer, 
will be followed by “WUl Rogers” 
and then “Fatima.” 

Author’s Widow Sues 20th, 
Publisher for $21,500 In 
’Rifles' Kx Rights Snarl 

20th-Fox and Bobbs-MerriU Co. 
were named defendants in a $21,- 
500 damage suit brought in N. Y. 
Federal Court Thursday ( 3 } by 
Dawn Mundy Provost. Widow of 
Talbot Mundy, who authored 
“King of the Khyber Rifles,” she 
charges that since 1951''^Bobbs- 
Merrill has falsely represented that 
20th owns the film rights to 
“Rifles.” 

After copyrighting the book in 
1916, Mundy assertedly assigned 
film rights to 20th in 1928. How- 
ever, Mrs. Provost claims that she 
acquired the renewal rights to the 
work in 1944 upon expiration of 
the original copyright. Moreover, 
she contends, the major was will- 
ing to pay her $2,000 on a “tech- 
nical assignment.” 

But, according to the complaint, 
Mrs. Provost .rejected 20th’s offer 
of $2,000, since Bobbs-Merrlll re- 
portedly demanded half of the 
amount as an agent’s fee. Under an 
alleged agreement with Mundy, the 
publishing firm was to receive 50% 
of whatever sum the film rights to 
the work brought. 


Europe to N, Y. “ 

George C. Arthur 
Barney Balaban 
John Burrell 
Chester Conn* 

Ed and Pegeen Fitzgerald 
Ted Friend 
C^da Glenn 
Signe Hasso 
Michel Mok 
Robert E, Sherwood 
Harold Thackrah 
Florence Vandamm 
Kathleen Winsor 





Itiiicriry set for Bob Hope, who’s Just completed his assicnm*»„i 
In paramount's j'Rood. to Bali,” ^akes it clear that Hope’s on 
hop. He planed into Gotham froia Hollywood last Wemiesdav 
played a benefit (cerebral palsy) golf game In Monticello. N v 
Thursday, and another in Philadelphia Friday. At this point 
squeezed in^ some .promotional work for Par’s “Son of I^leface^ 
and then trekked to Chicago,. This, week he’jji, doing a radio-TV 
commentator serieg on the Republican fcoltivention in Chi, then tn 
Columbus, O., where he’U Visit relatives. Hope follows this with 
a return to Chi, and coverage of the Democrats’ conclave He’n 
spend the wfeek of July 27 in Penver (more golf)^ and then wine 
hack to the COaa(t to guestar at a Veteicana’ convention on Aug 4 
On the following day Hope, heads for Gotham again and boards 
the United States Aug.. 8 for a ID-day tour of France and Italy 
via auto. He has tenta^ve plans .to do a series of one-nighters’ 
commencing Aug. 23 in Norway,; Sweden and Scotland. He’ll be 
in London, beginning Aug. 30, for two .weeks at the Palladium, a 
flight to Paris comes in about this poifit to meet Bing Crosby 
(more golf, presumably) and the two will jump', back to London to 
play another charity tournajnent. Hope, will leave England for the 
States Sept. 23. ' 



I " ‘ . '"t* 


Fox West Coast Sells 
Oakla^ House for 250G 

Los.A-ugeles, July 8. 

Franklin Theatre,, a Fox West 
Coast property in Oakland, was 
sold for upwards of $250,000 to- 
John M.. Sousa under terms of 
the Federal consent decree. 

Peter A. PeCencie obtained a 
longterm lease from Sousa and 
will operate the 813-scafer under 
an' art policy. Building also con- 
tains nine stores. 


UA Burned Over 
Pathe Suit; Preps 
Counter-Action 

Plenty burned over the New York 
Supreme Court action against the 
company filed by Pathe Industries, 
United Artists toppers this week 
began preparation of a counter 
suit against Pathe. In the Pathe 
complaint entered last Thursday 
(3), it’s asserted that UA failed to 
turn- over distribution revenue cov- 
ering the licensing abroad of Eagle 
Lion Classics pix prior to the take- 
over by UA of ELC. Latter was a 
Pathe subsid. Pathe claims $835,- 
000 is due to it via' ELC as dis- 
tributor of indie product and as 
outright owner of various pix. 

UA acquired ELC on April 28, 
1951. Pathe takes the position that 
deals for licensing pix in foreign 
territories were set prior to that 
date, but the distribution coin was 
forwarded ta UA instead of Pathe. 
Latter wants its share of alleged 
monies owed it plus other amounts 
which it, Pathe, wants to send on 
to the indie producers as their 
divvy. 

Particularly vexing the UA-ites 
was timing of' the action, plus fact 
that Pathe had UA’s bank accounts 
attached in the amount of $230,000. 
Suit was filed at 4:45 n.m. July 3, 
on the holiday eve. Attachment 
factor was completely unnecessary, 
UA officials said, and Pathe must 
have been aware of this. 

530G io Be Sought 

As result of the suit, UA presi- 
dent Arthur B. Krim and top-level 
associates were forced to interrupt 
the. weekend holiday to come Into 
Gotham to post a bond. This re- 
leased the comp, any from the re- 
striction on its cash at hand. 

Actually, UA admits there are 
certain amounts due Pathe. But 
the dlstrib also avers that Pathe 
owes it a hefty wad of cash. This, 
(Continued on page 6) 


N. Y. to L. A, 

Jules Alberti 
June Allyson 
Steve Broldy 
William Gargan 
Frances Goodrich 
Albert Hackett 
Radie Harris 
Dave Kapp 
Michael O’Shea 
Harold Mirisch 
Dick Powell 
Victor Raeburn 
Manle Sacks 
Spyros P. Skouras 
Michael Wilding 


Harrisburg, July 8. 
In another move in the widening 
circle of exhibs. throughout the 
country experimenting with ad- 
hiish price-cutting as a means of 
perking the b.o., the Senate The- 
atre here slashed its adult scale 
by about 30% last week. Jay 
Etnanuel, operator of the house, ex- 
pressed himself today (Tues.) as 
pleased with the results. 

Emanuel said that the house had 
grossed about the same amount as 
the I^ew’s and two Fabian houses 
in compeftition with the Senate, but 
that his, theatre had played to more 
people. He took that as a good 
sign. 

' ‘“WeYe getting people back ta 
the theatre and that’s what 
counts,” the vet exhib declared, 
“I don’t have any use for the emp- 
ty seats, so I am better off filling 
them at a lower price. When we 
get people back irito the habit of 
movie-going, the grosses will go u]^ 
commensurately, despite the lower 
admission prices.” 

. Emanuel, who was playing RKO’s 
'“Clash By Night” over the holiday 
weekend, admitted that the added 
patronage had a profitable angle in 
candy and drink sales, but declared 
that was a secondary consideration. 
^'That's not our business, that’i a 
sideline,” he explained. 

Senate, which Instituted the new 
scales last Wednesday (2), adver- 
tised them as applicable for the 
month of July only. Results will 
determine whether they are made 
permanent. 

Matinee tap was scaled from 50f 
to 34c, evening fee from 70c to 50c 
and kid prices from 20c to 17c at 
all times. Figures include tax. 


' N. Y. to Europe 

Harry Adler 
. Gertrude Berg 
Millicent Brower 
Kitty Carlisle 
Jack Connolly 
Mildred DiU^g 
Mae Frohman 
Rita Gam 
Robert Goldstein 
Barry Gray 
Moss Hart 
Joseph B. Hyman 
Benson Inge 
Stanley Kramer 
.Sidney Limxet 
Betty Maywood 
WiRiam Perlberg 
Martin A, Ragaway 
Tex Ritter 
Frances Robinson 
George Seaton 
John Sebastian 
Pincus Sober 
Georgie Tapps 

L* A, to N. Y. 

r 

Henry Beckman 
Valerie Bettis 
G. Ralph Branton 
A1 Calder 
Gary Cooper 
Paul Douglas 
Sam Fuller 
Zsa Zsa Gabor 
L. Wolfe Gilbert 
George Glass 
Alek Gottlieb' 

Rotus Harvey 
'Dick Haymes 
• Stanley Kramer 
Phil KJasne 
Robert L. Lippert 
Lauritz Melchior 
‘ • Gabriel Pascal 
Tex Ritter 
Constance Smith 
April Stevens 
-Carmen Torres 



Scramble for Top Product in Philly 


Robert Lippert Unloads Ist 2 of 28 


Sees Record Advance Guarantees 


Philadelpbia; July B. ■ 

Pressure for top prott^ct in 
Anwntown first-runs her*, has he- 
tme so acute that . -bids are in- 
duding advance guarantees of pro- 
portions unprecedented in this 
;rea A high waS' reached last 
week when National Theatres’ Fox 
tcaulred two Paramount pix for a 
run of 10 weeks at guarantee for 
Se combo of $65,000. 

The films are “Jumping Jacks,” 
Dean Martin- Jerry Lewis-starrer, 
which opens tomorrow (Wed.) for 
i minimum of six weeks with a 
guarantee of $37,500 to the distrib, 
and “Son of Paleface,” Bob Hope- 
starrer, which follows “Jacks.” 
"Paleface” Is warranted a mini- 
mum of four weeks and $27,500 in 

film rental. . 

The 10 weeks of playing time 
grabbed by Par at the Fox will 
put 20th-Fox in a new situation 
for first-run playing time here. 
House has normally played 20th 
product in the past, but with the 
operation of the divorcement de- 
cree, it must be sold, competitively. 

Warner Bros, is being forced 
into bidding for. product for its 
Stanley and other houses, since 
that appears to be t^e only way 
to assure Itself of top films nowa- 
days. Old system of splitting 
product has just about' broken 
down completely as a result of 
bidding demanded by the Arcadia, 
by Harry Brandt, operator of the 
(Continued on page 16) 

Rackmil Formally 
Elected to U Board, 

To Presidency Next 

Wilmington, July 8. 

Decca prez Milton Eackmll was 
present at Universal’S annual 
meeting of stockholders here to- 
day (Tues.), watched himself be- 
come formally elected to the U 
directorate but remained silent 
through the session. The U board 
will meet in New York on July 15 
to elect Rackmil to the presidency 
and Nate J. Blumberg, present 
prexy, to. the board chairmanship. 
Decca has voting control of U via 
its purchase of heavy blocks of 
stock from J. Arthur Rank and 
Various U toppers. 

All other candidates for the 
board were incumbents and were 
reelected at today’s session. Only 
other business was the defeat of 
a proposal to hold the annual 
meetings in N. Y. in the future. 
This was advanced by Lewis D. 
Gilbert, minority shareowner, 
and management asked for a nega- 
tive vote. 

Total of 864,885 shares were 
represented at the meeting, the 
peatest amount in many years, 
John J. O’Connor, v.p., presided. 

Among those present was Henry 
^ Angeles investor who, 

« became known, owns 25,000 U 
shares. When Gilbert 
asKed about Blumberg’s absence 
irom the session. Sugar rose tc 
he had two “satisfactory” 
meetings with Blumberg and he 
could confirm that the prez is ill, 

told. Sugar 

1^,^2,900 shares as of the rec- 
for the meeting but since 
^icreased his ownership. 

Poit ^ ,^uestion . by Gilbert on 
status, O’Connor replied 
Hank is no longer a 
o In answer to another 

stated that U's reissue 
ci'Paf Realart provides a 

siyiount of revenue than U 

the corporatior 
hself handled its reissues. 


REPUBLIC’S NET 
379G FOR 1ST H 

1,1^?, '•‘1 25, with a 
Fedcra 

rtax provision of 



830. 


Ss^ 


Q* & A« 

Wilmington, July 8. 

Minority stockholder at Uni- 
versal's annual meeting here 
today was curigus about film- 
maker Leonard Goldstein’s de- 
parture from the company. He 
queried: “Since he was making 
money for us why did we let 
him go? Was he temperament- 
al?” 

Adolph Schimel, U's chief 
counsel, replied: “Well, he’s a 
producer and if he’s a producer 
he’s temperamental.” 


$2,700,1)1)0 Paid 
RankbyDecca 
For U Shares 

Decca Records was revealed in 
papers filed with the Securities * 
Exchange Commission last week 
to have, paid J, Arthur Rank a 
fraction more than $20 per share 
for the British film tycoon’s hold- 
ings in Universal Pictures. Total 
purchase price was disclosed to 
be $2,700,000. 

Of that sum, $2,200,000 was in 
cash and $500,000 was represented 
by five $100,000 non-interest bear- 
ing promissory notes dated June 
19, 1952, and payable yearly on 
the anniversary date. Decca ac- 
quired 134,375 shares from Rank, 
which, at $20 per share would 
have, totalled $2,687,500. 

Total cost to Decca of acquir- 
ing its 42.3% interest in U was 
$7,037,425, report to the SEC .dis-; 
closes- That includes, in addition 
to the Rank shares^ 271,800 previ- 
ously acquired, plus 37,500 ‘War- 
rants, 

Tabulating backwards from the 
figures available in the report, it 
appears that Decca paid for the 
271,800 shares purchased first” 
about $15.25 each and for the war- 
rants about $5 each. These hold- 
ings were obtained from proxy 
Nate J. Blitfnberg, production 
chiefs Leo Spitz and William 
Goetz and other U ctxecs, plus a 
small amount bought on the open 
market. 

New Capital | 

The Decca figures are contained | 
in a prospectus which the diskj 
company filed with the SEC on the 
new stock issue it announced June 
19. The to’aal issue will be 258,883 
shares. It should bring the com- 
pany between $1,750,000 and $2,- 
000,000 in new capital, which will 
be used for general purposes. 

Present Decca stockholders will 
be entitled to purchase one new 
share for each three now held 
(originally announced ratio was 
one to 2.85). Price at which they 
may be bought will be set by 
(Continued on page 49) 

RKO, Goldwyn Execs To 
See 'Andersen’ on Coast 

Key RKO execs and toppbrs of 
the Samuel Goldwyn office in New 
York plan to leave for the Coast 
around July 15 for their first view- 
ing of Goldwyn’s latest, “Hans 
Christian Andersen,” now com- 
pleted. 

Group includes Ned E. Depinet, 
RKO prez; Phil Reisman, foreign 
sales chief; Robert Mochrie, domes- 
tic distribution head; James Mul- 
vey, president of the Goldwyn com- 
pany, and A1 Crown, Goldwyn sales 
manager. Crown returned to N. Y. 
Thursday (3) from Paris where he 
was engaged' in re-negotiation of 
the* French-American film trade 
agreement. 

Reason for the trek west is that 
Goldwyn has only the work print 
of “Andersen” on hand. He’ll hand 
this over to Technicolor for dupli- 
cates following screenings for the 
easterners. 


OF e.O. DECLINE 

New York may be the first 
double-feature territory in the 
country to return to single bills, 
if a campaign now being staged 
by circuit operator Harry Brandt 
bears fruit. Brandt, who recently 
went to the major New York 
chains with a plan for eliminating 
100 theatres, has also broached to 
them his plea for ending the twin- 
features. 

The vet theatre op has found 
even less support for his plan to 
throw out duals than for shutter- 
ing houses. He’s found some in- 
dies ready to go along , with him 
on closing down competitive the- 
atres — and. the idea of convert- 
ing some of their weekly loss- 
takers must appear equally attrac- 
tive to RKO and Loew’s but 
Brandt has iound little sympathy 
for killing double features at this 
time. 

The 100-theatre plan and elimi- 
nation of duals are both, of course, 
result of the misery that has hit 
exhibs in the metropolitan area. 
Moves are a reflection of the cast- 
ing about in their minds, for a 
cause and an answer to weakening 
biz. 

Brandt is ready to take to a 
soapbox to espouse the end of 
duals. He feels that they are as 
much to blame as any other 
single item for the slipping b.o. 
His diagnosis is that they cause 
the production and exhibition of a 
lot of poor pix that disappoint 
audiences and turn them from 
films. 

Brandt took a proposal to RKO 
and Loew’s that they eliminate 
twin bills, and he promised that 
the 170 theatres represented by 
the Independent Theatre Owners 

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See Tilted Scale On 
‘Hans/ ‘Ivanhoe’ 

Two new films this, week ap- 
peared headed for advanced admis- 
sion scale playing time, via the so- 
called pre-release system of distri- 
bution. Metro’s “Ivanhoe” and 
Samuel Goldwyn’s “Hans Christian 
Andersen,” latter an RKO release, 
both apparently are down for top 
terms in licensing deals. 

“Andersen” is expected to swing 
into release in late fall and prob- 
ably will play a number of key 
spots at the tilted prices. Film is 
now completed and the work print 
will be delivered to Technicolor for 
lab work toward the end of this 
month. 

Exact type of handling hasn’t 
been fully decided for “Andersen,” 
for the reason that James Mulvey, 
prez of the Goldwyn organization, 
and RKO heads have yet to view 
it. But advices from the studio on 
the calibre of the pic, plus its high 
budget — over $3,000,000 in nega- 
tive costs — indicate upped scales 
for at least the “pre-release” en- 
gagements. 

Metro, in its handling of “Ivan- 
hoe,” is to some extent following 
the pattern established by “Quo 
Vadis.” New film is being shown 
only in theatres for exhibs, instead 
of the regular tradeshows in 
screening rooms of exchanges. Pic, 
additionally, will be* tested in five 
Loew's theatres later this month, 
as had been done with “Vadis” 'be- 
fore the policy for the latter was 
determined. 


263 H'wood June P.Aa’ji 

Hollywood, July 8. 

Total of 167 Hollywood players 
made 263 personal appearances on 
39 patriotic and benefit progi^ms 
during the month of June, accord- 
ing to statistics issued by the Hol- 
lywood Coordinating Committee. 

Since June, 1946, prexy George 
Murphy announced, HCC has 
booked 13,230 free appearances by 
entertainers on 4,532 public serv- 
ice events. 


Exchanges in Move to fix Backng 


WB Opens Canadian 

Sales Force Conclave 

Two-day conclave of Warner 
Bros. Canadian sales force gets un-- 
derway today (Wed.) in Toronto 
with Ben Kalmenson,’ distribution 
v.p., presiding. 

In addition to Kalmenson, home- 
office execs attending include 
Jules Lapidus, eastern and Cana- 
dian division chief; Norman Moray, 
short subjects topper; Bernard R. 
Goodman, supervisor of ex- 
changes; Howard Levinson, of the 
legal department, and Larry Golob,, 
eastem publicity director. 


Mono-AA Execs 
Hypo Fihniiig With 
England’s ABPC 

Joint production program be- 
tween Monogram-Allied Artists and 
Associated British Pictures Corp., 
which has seen completion of only 
one film since the deal was set in 
1947, will now move at a faster 
pace. Mono-AA prez Steve Broldy, 
who returned to New York Mon- 
day (7) after several weeks of hud- 
dles in Britain with ABPC officials, 
disclosed upon his arrival that two 
films will go before the cameras 
in the near future. 

In company with veepee Harold 
Mirisch and foreign chief Norton 
V. Ritchey, Broidy sailed for Eng- 
land June 11 for a series of story 
confabs with ABPC. They were 
later joined by exec producer Wal- 
ter Mirisch. Discussions resulted 
in mutual selection of six stories 
considered suitable for filming. 
Among the sextet is “Yellow 
Knife,” which ran as a Satevepost 
serial. 

Walter Mirisch, who remained in 
Britain, will choose two yarns from 
the six for production this year, 
before returning to the U. S. July 
22 on the Liberte. Sole pic to be 
finished under the joint program 
is “24 Hours in a Woman’s Life.” 
Shooting on the Technicolor ven- 
ture wound up recently. Based 
upon a Stefan Zwelg story, it co- 
stars Merle Oberon and Richard 
Todd. 

Following their arrival on the 
He de France, Broidy and Harold 
Mirisch will ‘train to the Coast to- 
day (Wed.). Although abroad about 
11 days, the execs stayed in Britain 
with exception of a short trip to 
Paris. Ritchfey, incidentally, will 
tarry abroad until next week, when 
he’s due to plane back to the U. S. 

Kramer to Israel 

For ‘Juggler’ Pic 

Stanley Kramer and his indie 
production partner, George Glass, 
arrived in New York from the 
Coast over the weekend. Kramer, 
accompanied by his wife, former 
Universal starlet Ann Pierce, pulls 
out today (Wed.) for Europe on the 
Queen Mary. Glass will return to 
Hollywood end of the week. 

Kramer will bfc abroad about six 
weeks. Early part of the trip will 
be a pleasure junket — a first time 
abroad for both producer and wife 
— and it will end up in Israel, 
where Kramer is planning to pro- 
duce “The Juggler.” 

Glass is east for confabs with 
Columbia on pub-ads campaigns 
for “Happy Time,” which goes into 
the Music Hall, and with United 
Airtists on -“High Noon,” which is 
about to go into release. 


Columbus’ 19th OTSoner 

Columbus. 

New North-Hi Drive-In, the 
city's 10th, was opened here. It 
has a 700-car capacity and was 
brought in by H * S Theatres, 
owned by Lee Hoffheimer and 
Albert Sugarman. 


Hollywood, July 8. 

In first step of a plan to unload 
his 28 exchanges around counti*y 
for $1,000,000, Robert Lippert has 
sold his Dallas and Memphis offi- 
ces. He’ll angel production of two 
$1,000,000 pix annually with ex- 
changes and exhibs participating 
in financing. 

Dallas and Memphis setups were 
sold for approximately $70,000 and 
Lippert planed to N. Y. today 
(Tues.) for huddles with reps of 
his other exchanges. It is expected 
that the Memphis and Dallas deals 
will serve as patterns. 

In all negotiations, attempts will 
be made to tie in exhibitors with 
employees of present exchanges. 
Switch will bring down cost of op- 
erating exchanges and will permit 
individual exchanges to book pix 
separately, 

Lippert wants to give present 
employees opportunity to go into 
business for themselves. Exchanges 
will participate in backing two “A” 
pix Lippert will finance each year. 
The first, “Dorothy arid Land of 
Oz,” is set for November start. 

Lippert already has bank com- 
mitments for half the coin and will 
get deferments with various ex- 
changes providing the remainder. 
Dallas, for example, being consid- 
ered 5% territory, will put up 
about $25,000 with coin coming 
from five circuits and exchanges. 
Lippert’s Dallas deal was half cash, 
half notes. 

» 

Hughes to Give His Side 
Of Simmons Pact Talks 
In LA. Federal Court 

Los Angeles, July 8. 

Howard Hughes will take the 
stand this week in Federal Court 
to testify In the final round of Jean 
Simmons’ legal battle, which seeks 
to restrain RKO from telling the 
world that it has her under exclu- 
sive contract. RKO chief Is due* to 
make a personal appearance Thurs- 
day (10) and explain the strange 
contract negotiations between the 
film star and studio. 

Hearing was resumed today 
(Tues.) with R. Ross Hastings, RKO 
executive, on the stand, this time 
called as an adverse witness by the 
plaintiffs. Among the witnesses 
slated to testify tomorrow Is 'Wal- 
ter Kane, Hughes’ personal rep, 
who will precede his boss on the 
stand. 

Before the weekend recess the . 
chief witness was Samuel Berke. 
tax expert, who explained U. S. tax 
laws as they applied to the pro- 
posed contract under which Miss 
Simmons and her husband, Stewart 
Granger, were to have sold RKO a 
house and a book as part of the 
deal. 

In response to questioning by 
W. I. Gilbert, Jr., defense attorney, 
Berke said; “I considered myself 
merely a bystander, since I was 
only interested in possible tax con- 
sequences, but when it appeared 
that RKO was going to make a Fed- 
eral case out of it, I began to pay 
more attention.” 

He declared that the deal, as 

(Continued on page 18) 


PREP LAST MONTEZ PIC 
FOR 20TH RELEASES 

Deal is in the making by which 
20th-Fox may distribute in North 
and South America the last pictui'e 
in which Maria Montez appeared 
before her sudden death a few 
months ago. It is “Thief of Venice,” 
made in Italy by a group headed by 
Robert Haggiag. 

Film has already been distributed 
by 20th in some foreign areas. New 
deal being worked out by Haggiag 
In New York now is for the western 
hemisphere, but may also include 
some additional foreign territories. 

Long delay in making a U. S. dis- 
tribution ^ arrangement resulted 
from necessity of dubbing some of 
the pic from Italian 



HEVIEWS 



Wedw^Baay, July 9^ 


The Mig Sky 

Kirk Dourlas starred 
stirring, overjeng version 
old northwest hestsellcr. Good 
entry. 


in 

of 


RKO release of Winchester Pictures 
ffloward Hawks) producUon. Stars Kirk 
Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth 
Threatt, Arthur Hunnlcutt,;^ fea^res 
Buddy Baer, Steven Geray, Hank Wor- 
den, ^Jlm Davl*. Directed by Hawks. 
Screenplay, Dudley Nichols, 
novel of same name by A. B. Guthrie, 
Jr.j music. Dimitri Tlomkln; camera, Rus* 
Bell Harlan; editor, Christian Nyby. Pre- 
viewed in New York, J^uly 7, '52. Running 
time, 1^0 MIHS. , 

Deaklns Kirk Douglas 

SoSne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dewey Martin 

Teal Eye Elizabeth Threatt 

zib . ............ .Arthur Hunnlcutt 

jSnMi, 

X.nbadl« ...Henri Letondal 

MacMasters P*ul ]^ees 

Moleface Frank de Kova 

Dongfaw Guy WUkerson 

Howard Hawks has spared noth- 
ing in the filming of A. B. Guthrie, 
Jf.’s, novel. "The Big Sky,^’ except 
the cutting shears. Pic is' a gi- 

gantic outdoor epic, but Its impact 
is dissipated by the marathon run- 
ning- time of 140 minutes, also 
making it a difficult mass selling 
entity. In attempting to give the 
tome a faithful pic translation, 
Hawks has put more than is need- 
ed into the film and could easily 
scissor 45 minutes without disrupt- 
ing continuity or losing any val- 
ues. Clever pruning could make 
this a major b.o. entry. 

Kirk Douglas as. the pic^s^ only 
name player should provide suf- 
ficient marquee lure. Big role is 
tailor-made for Douglas, who is 
cast as X Kentucky mountaineer. 
Story involves his joining a keel- 
boat expedition up the Missouri 
Hiver in the 1830s. Backgrounds 
serve both for eye-filling outdoor 
photography and raw action. spec- 
tacle. 

Story line centers on the 1,200- 
mile trek up the Missouri from St. 
Louis to the Blackfoot Indian 
tribe in the northwest. • Expedition 
is headed by French fur trader, 
Jourdonnais, excellently played by 
Steven Geray, The long trip Is 
filled with the usual obstacles, 
warring Indians, treacherous white 
men, nature's forces, etc., but the 
expedition gets through, and Ge- 
ray Is able to trade with the .Black- 
foot tribe on friendly, profitable 
terms. 

Femme interest is supplied by 
newcomer Elizabeth Threatt, who 
plays ' the daughter of a Blackfoot 
chief being returned to her tribe 
by Geray. Miss Threatt, a fashion 
model in New York, gets little to 
do but look pretty, an assignment 
she fulfills handily. Yam also in- 
cludes a romantic sidelight be- 
tween Miss Threatt and Dewey 
Martin, who’s cast as Douglas’ 
pard. Martin marries her and re- 
mains with the tribe when the 
others head back to St. Louis. 

Troupe Is uniformly excellent, 
with Arthur Hunnlcutt a standout 
as a veteran s^out and trader. Hank 
Worden is also effective as an In- 
dian aide. Douglas turns in an- 
other toDflight thesping job. and 
Buddy Baer is okay as Geray’s 
right-hand man. 

Hawks’ direction accents the 
mood and atmosphere of the saga 
for sock results. Dimitri Tiom- 
kin’s background score is in tune 
with action and setting. Other 
technical assists are top-drawer. 

Gros. 


music and the star teaming of 
Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas, 
Its chances appear good* 

Zingy, sophisticated humor 
marks the good-natured handling 
of a story that could easily have 
been old-hat, but treatment wisely 
avoids any burlesquing of the 
mythical kingdom basis of a plot 
that has a rich, and merry, widow 
being pursued under orders by a 
dashing count, who must marry 
her to save his country from bank- 
r'.ptcy. 

Six songs • are featured and all 
fall soothingly On the ear. Some 
are given the added value. of visual 
treatment In production numbers. 
For romance, sweet or with sex, are 
"Girls, Girls, Girls," "Villa, ’’ 
"Night" and the title tune. For 
lively bounce, also with a full quota 
of s.a., are "Maxim’s’- -and "Can 
Can.” The latter is in the hotcha 
groove, elegantly staged. “Maxim s’ 
with lyrics by Paul Francis Web- 
ster, is a spirited -number, getting 
the full treatment of girls. Title 
number is backed by^ gracefully 
waltzing couples and beautiful 
costuming and colors. Most of the 
vocal chores fall to Lamas and his 
voice comes over easily and with 
appeal. He and Miss Turner also 
are featured in the waltz number 
and both could be better dancers. 

Miss Turner is gowned to a 
fetching farc-thee-wcU as the 
merry widow lure.d back to the 
country of her late husband under 
belief he is to be honored. She 
falls easily into the role’s- demands, 
and adds her own brand of punch 
to the romantic passages with 
Lamas, the pursuing count who is 
acting Under orders of Thomas 
Gomez, king .of the bankrupt Mar- 
shovia. Lamas makes a colorful 
romantic picture in his costumed 
character. Jd the same time he 
keeps it believeably within* reason. 

Screenplay by {Sonya Levien and 
William Ludwig# and Curtis Bern- 
hardt’s direction, are generously 
endowed w'ith humor, without over- 
looking the main- objective of ro- 
mance. Richard Haydn is the high- 
scorer for chuckles as Baron Pop- 
off, whose duty it is to bring -the 
widow and the count together in 
Paris. Not far behind him, though, 
are Una Merkel, as^ the widow’s 
travelling companion; Gomez and 
John Abbott, the Marshovlan Am- 
bassador. 

There’s a lot of sly sophistica- 
tion in a Paris police station scene 
between Lamas and Marcel Dalio 
while the former is looking for a 
girl whom he knows as Fifi, but 
whom is actually the merry widow. 
Sujata shows up in the "Villa” 
number as the gypsy dancer being 
wooed by Lamas. Additional 
femme appeal comes from, Lisa^ 
Ferraday as one of the Maxim’s 
beauties. Others contribute 
caoably. 

Joe Pasternak gears his produc 
tion to amour, beauty and music. 
All three are supplied in genei> 
ous quantity. Players, costumes and 
settings treat the eyes as lensed by 
Robert Surtees. Play of colors 
throughout the film is vivid. Jay 
Blackton’s musical direction and 
the dance staging by Jack Cole 
are among the wo